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MAPP Plastics Discussion Forum

The MAPP Plastic Industry Discussion Forum allows members to rapidly communicate with each other. Post both questions and answers to questions that other MAPP members have about any industry topic from material and process issues to R&E Tax Credits and other business issues.

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Posted:  03 Jun 2008 16:27
Over the last 12 years, I have had the pleasure of watching the MAPP network grow.  Now a national organization with nearly 200 Members, both myself and the entire MAPP staff have open communications with members located across the U.S. on a daily basis and here is what we are learning.

Despite the general concern for a slowing economy, many MAPP members are indicating moderate to strong surges in their business.  Many members have also indicated to me over the past 2 months, that business is coming BACK from China and many new plastics molds are being sourced in the US instead of overseas.

Many people fail to realize that economic conditions are tough all over the globe.  Since our plastics manufacturers have been working in this economic environment for the last several years, there is no doubt that many businesses have improved.  As labor rates and the cost of doing business begins to sky rocket in China, there will be more opportunities for US based companies.
Posted:  03 Jun 2008 16:33
Troy, I would have to agree with you.  At PCI, we are seeing more and more opportunities and our business is growing.  From a mold sourcing standpoint, you are dead on. 

Although we've not necessarily enjoyed outsourcing our tools to Asia, it has been a business decision that has impacted the bottom line of PCI.  I am happy to say, that we've sourced dozens of plastics injection molds to US based mold makers in the last several months. 

The cost differential of going to Asia is beginning to disappear.  In many recent instances, it has just made good business sense to source our tooling locally.  I would also like to say that the plastics injection mold makers in the US have done wonderful things to improve their businesses.  Quit simply, they have gotten a great deal better!

Tom Duffey
Posted:  03 Jun 2008 16:37
Thogus Products is enjoying a great business environment right now.  We too have been fortunate enough to enjoy collecting new plastics injection molds and winning new buisness from Asia. 

We are a better company with having survived the last 4 years and now things are really starting to turn around.  Our investment in technology and plastics manufacturing improvements have made us more competitive.

I would have to support the statement that global economic conditions are tough for everyone, not just US based companies. 

Matt Hlavin
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