Good M&A communications go beyond the deal to plant a stake in the ground about the future

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 22nd, 2014

"This really is a big deal," thought the manufacturing executive, who had just signed the papers of an M&A transaction. "It will give us the critical mass we need to accomplish our financial goals, delight our customers, and provide new opportunities for employees in both organizations."

Use the art of storytelling to separate you from the competition

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 16th, 2014

We all know a good story when we hear one, don't we?

It draws us in. Connects with us personally. If it's really good, we remember and even share it with others.

The good news is that every company has a story like that. This story, if you bring it to life, can appeal to both customers and recruits, generating interest with people - and companies - who share your vision.

Interplastic launches 2014 scholars award program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2014

Interplastic Corp., a specialty chemical company with headquarters in St. Paul, MN, announced it 2014 Scholars Award Program in affiliation with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

Arburg’s Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler retires

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Arburg has officially said farewell to one of what is surely the company's oldest employees, Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler. On April 4, around 180 guests - friends and associates from the industry - gathered together at the Arburg Customer Center in Lossburg to wish him well in his future endeavors.  A highpoint of the evening was the presentation of a newly created golden Arburg logo, presented by Senior Partner Eugen Hehl to Kraibühler as a special honor for his life's work.

Are you dismissing digital marketing? Why the decision to rethink this is critical to your future success.

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 9th, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Today, like in the past, reaching the right people with the right message is paramount to success. Whether we're looking to establish a dialogue with an OEM engineer or a Tier-One buyer, creating a meaningful connection remains that all-important first step.

Chinese companies can sign up to exhibit at NPE2015 during Chinaplas 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

During Chinaplas 2014, representatives of Chinese companies will have a chance to sign up for exhibit space for NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase and secure booth locations immediately, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

Plastics industry M&A proves to be hot market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 8th, 2014

Ask just about any investment bank or financial firm about the plastics industry with respect to M&A and they paint similar pictures: it's hot! While some reports show that transaction volume was down in 2013 from 2012, overall plastics industry players remain attractive to those looking to get into the plastics market.

The Marketing Key: Unlocking answers to today’s business challenges

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 2nd, 2014

We all know there are tremendous competitive pressures in today's business environment, and a lot of questions that can nag us in the middle of the night. Do we have enough feet-on-the-street to connect with the customers we need? Does the customer really understand what makes us special or more valuable? Will we have enough horsepower to run a marathon that seems to keep getting longer?

3D Systems buys Medical Modeling, consolidates healthcare activities

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 2nd, 2014

3D Systems (3DS; Rock Hill, SC) announced today that it has acquired Medical Modeling Inc. (Golden, CO), a provider of personalized surgical treatments and patient-specific medical devices using 3D modeling and printing technology. The company has been involved in tens of thousands of patient cases for surgical planning tools, implants, and other design services. Its manufacturing processes have been cleared by FDA.

Two plastics industry giants partner with Vermont in energy efficiency program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 28th, 2014

It takes a lot of energy to run a large manufacturing plant, and that includes injection molding and moldmaking facilities, which can be energy hogs. Many plastics industry companies have taken steps to improve their energy efficiency through the purchase of energy saving machinery and other initiatives.

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