Recent free trade agreements draw moldmakers' ire


Well, you know what they say: If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! The same can be said of moldmakers. While the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) appears to be happy - "Plastics industry applauds free-trade agreements" read one headline in an online industry trade magazine (PlasticsToday's coverage here)- well suffice it to say that doesn't speak for ALL of the plastics industry. Perhaps the U.S. resin producers, machinery makers and maybe some molders are happy, however the mold manufacturers aren't happy. Anyone who has followed the mold manufacturing industry over the past couple of decades knows that while mold manufacturers are all for "Fair" trade, they are far from being supporters of "Free" trade.

Buzz among mold manufacturers starting going around the e-mail system before the ink was dry on the latest Free Trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. Long an outspoken critic of Free Trade agreements, Steve Rotman, owner and President of Ameritech Die & Mold Inc., in Mooresville, NC, commented, "I would love for someone to challenge these facts [that appear in the SPI's press commentary] and in the next five years track where the actual monetary benefits end up. I actually sent a challenge to SPI to prove all the positives that trade with China has actually had on the plastics industry, but they never responded."

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