After a few challenging years including a trip through—into and out of—bankruptcy, a reinvigorated Milacron looks toward a bright future. The company showcased its product lines, including new products, at its Open House April 24 and 25, where the excitement and enthusiasm were palpable. The company’s investors, CCMP Capital Advisors LLC, are truly interested in the company’s growth and success, noted Dave Lawrence, president of Milacron’s Global Plastics Machinery and DME, in an interview at the Open House with PlasticsToday.
Customers, potential customers, suppliers and the press attended the two-day open house that featured several new machines including a 1500-ton co-injection machine built for Bemis Manufacturing Company; a 55-ton micro-molding LSR machine (Alpha-S50iA) with a 16-mm injection unit and Milacron-designed screw and barrel running an “umbrella valve” with a 0.249g shot weight in a mold built by Roembke Mold & Engineering; and an extrusion focus on production of polyethylene pipe.
“PVC pipe is very strong in the U.S.,” said Mike Puhalla of Milacron’s extrusion division. “But we believe the future for HDPE pipe is good. HDPE pipe technology is already big in Europe. However, we have a lot of projects on the table and if they all come to fruition—replacing cast-iron and steel pipe—we’ll be the supplier of this technology in the U.S.”...