M.R. Mold & Engineering is known globally for its EXPERTISE and EXPERIENCE in liquid silicone rubber (LSR), gum stock silicone, plastic injection, compression and transfer molds for its customers. With over 125 years of combined experience within the industry, M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. - 1985-2010, 25th Anniversary M.R. Mold's management team has developed the talent, sophisticated technical knowledge, and equipment for testing and developing optimum molding conditions.
conjunction with California Polytechnic University at Pomona
prior to MD&M
West 2023, Anaheim, CA
Date: Jan 31-Feb 3(MD&M West is Feb 7-9)
Time: 8:00 a.m. –
Location: Kellogg West
& Lodge, Bldg 76,
3.2 earned University Education Credits
John Timmerman, Poly-Nova
Rick Ziebell, R.D.
Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold
Bob Pelletier, ELMET
Stefan Scheibner, Arburg
This course offers a comprehensive overview of silicone
elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, mold manufacturing, information
regarding pumping units and molding machines, manufacturing processes,
fabrication techniques, problem solving and application areas. Emphasis
is on liquid injection molding (LIM/LSR). This course is presented by
experts in the silicone field, and time is allotted for special project. This
course is unique in that it offers a full day of hands-on process training atM.R. Mold &
The iWarriors™ mission is to assist severely injured Veterans
of the Armed Forces by providing them with personalized tablets to aid in their
return, recovery, and reintegration.
one thousand brave men and women have been technology recipients, due to the
generosity and assistance from members of the American Mold Builders
Association, the team at MoldMaking Technology Magazine, and countless friends
and colleagues throughout the country.
order to continue supporting our veterans, it is with great honor, that M.R.
Mold & Engineering will host a golf outing at the Navy Golf Course at Seal
Beach in Cypress, CA on February 10, 2023.This organization has been near and dear to Rick Finnie and his team for
many years.Rick and I have handed out
these I-Pads to wounded veterans at Camp Pendelton.Unless you experience their courage and fight
to get back to their companies, you can’t even image their true dedication to
America and keeping us all safe.
Mixed in amidst the soft, translucent liquid silicone rubber (LSR) parts, the shiny, metallic chunk of silica mineral in M.R. Mold & Engineering’s display shelf provides a striking contrast. The fact that such smooth, squishy and clear materials are derived in part from a hard, opaque rock is counterintuitive, but for M.R. Mold’s founder and president, Rick Finnie, displaying the parts alongside their unlikely source helps customers understand the strengths and challenges of LSR.
The toughness of silica means high wear and tear on the material-facing elements of the machines that process LSR is quite high, but it also lends the material its unique abilities to resist heat and chemicals.
Founded in 1985 with Finnie as the lone employee, M.R. Mold now has a staff of more than 30, including many highly skilled moldmakers. While it started in plastics molds, and still makes them today, it was a pivot to LSR tooling in the early 2000s that has made the Southern California shop one of the leading manufacturers of LSR tooling, as well as complementary equipment like cold runners and stuffer boxes, in the U.S.
Finnie’s start in manufacturing came as a teenager alongside his father, who worked as a tool and cutter grinder. “Back in the day, if you wanted a shape in a piece of steel, you had to have a cutter with that shape on it,” Finnie says. Eventually, Finnie was hired on by one of his father’s customers—LSR and rubber moldmaker Kipe Molds—and his introduction the unique material and its myriad challenges was made.
In 1985 when Finnie struck out on his own, he did so with the intention of winning general machining work, but in the attorney’s office working up the incorporation documents, he learned his preferred company name—M.R. Machine—was taken, and on the spot, M.R. Mold and Engineering was born, with the “mold” in the new name being prophetic.
“The original company was called M.R. Machine because I was planning on engaging anything that had to do with machining,” Finnie says, “but primarily I was getting customers that were all in the mold building business.”
Finding a Niche
In the late 90s as once abundant computer and consumer electronic moldmaking business began moving to Asia, many moldmakers struggled to find their businesses a safe harbor. In the early aughts, Finnie remembers a presentation at the American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA) given by long-time plastics trade journalist Clare Goldsberry that both inspired him and gave him pause.
“So much business was being lost to China that a lot of the old school tool makers were calling on the AMBA to march on Washington and make the politicians make it illegal to buy molds from China,” Finnie remembers, “and Clare gave a marketing presentation and she told everyone to quit their whining and develop a niche and market your niche.”
At dinner that evening with fellow moldmakers, Finnie recalls everyone at the table loudly proclaiming their niche, while he was mostly silent. “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Man I’m screwed, I don’t have a niche,’” Finnie says. “Then I thought, ‘Well, we do have this silicone business that we’ve been doing that we’re kind of ignoring, maybe we should be more serious about it?’”
Finnie purchased an Engel LSR machine in 2003 to begin sampling silicone tools. In time, the company developed its own cold runner system, stuffer box and standardized mold bases for silicone since traditional mold bases didn’t always work with LSR.
In March 2020, the company completed a move into a larger 23,000-ft2 space, which houses six injection molding machines—four Engel and two Arburg—ranging in clamp force from 55 to 120 tons, that can run both LSR and standard thermoplastics. On the machining side, the facility has five CNCs; two lathes; a sinker, CNC wire, and two manual EDMs; a hard-milling high-speed CNC mill; and a 5-axis CNC mill. The company also added an 18-ft tall vertical storage unit to support lean manufacturing. More recently it installed an SLS 3D printer from 3D Systems and added Moldex3D simulation capabilities.
Although the pivot to LSR has helped M.R. Mold find its niche, it finds it still has to remind its customers of its plastics moldmaking capabilities. Recently, difficulties with an LSR overmolding project prompted Finnie to contact the customer. “I said guys, why don’t you just have us make the PC tools, and they’re like, ‘Well you’re the silicone guys,’ and I said no, ‘We make plastic tools too; we just haven’t been advertising it.’”
With the skills to serve both markets, M.R. Mold had to rethink its trade show display and what it presented to potential customers. “The last few years, I had Geri [Anderson; M.R.’s marketing director] make sure to bring some plastic parts to these trade shows,” Finnie says. “We’ve kind of overdone it where people don’t even realize that we are capable of making plastic tools, and the guys actually kind of enjoy it.” Given the comparative simplicity of a mold for thermoplastics compared to LSR, which flows like water obviating venting—factors that dramatically change their design. “You can always tell when a plastics guy designs an LSR tool,” Finnie says.
Finnie will be sharing LSR mold design tips and more at the upcoming LSR 2022 Conference in Irvine, Calif. (Sept. 13-15).
M.R. Mold moved into its new facility in March 2020.
The Panel Discussions at our annual LSR conferences are renown for their unique approach to sharing information, the depth of knowledge of presenters and attendees alike, and their broad coverage of industry topics. Time and again, conference attendees have said how much they've benefitted from them.
The two hour Panel Discussion at this year's LSR conference will cover the processing of liquid silicone rubber, a crucial topic for all companies and professionals in the industry. Rick Finnie, president of M.R. Mold & Engineering, has assembled the best silicone professionals to discuss various aspects of silicone processing, including best practices that will help your company achieve high levels of productivity and top quality products.
“Processing LSR can be a challenge," says Finnie. "Unfortunately, there aren't any textbooks to read or study. Most processors had to learn by 'on the job' training. Fortunately, we have found that some of the molding principles developed for the thermoplastics industry can be used for silicone. In this presentation, we will examine a case study where a mold is 'transferred' from another company. The part presents several challenges from geometry to gating issues. Each panelist will describe their approach to developing a process for this mold. Sample parts will be provided to the audience to show the issues the panelists discovered. Two different brands of silicone with the same durometer will be used to further demonstrate variations a processor is faced with each day.”
This year's panelists include: Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold & Engineering Juergen Giesow, Director of Technology, Arburg Jeff Hazen, Technical Manager, GW Silicones Robert Jovingo, LIMS Process Engineer, Shin-Etsu Silicone Craig Lustek, Applications Engineer, R.D. Abbott Bilal Rafiq, Applications Engineer, Simtec Silicone
This is an unmissable opportunity for any LSR professional - join us at LSR 2022 and learn from the best.
Held in conjunction with California Polytechnic University at
And MD&M West 2022, Anaheim, CA
4 DAY COURSE
Date: April 5-8,
2022 (MD&M West ~ April 12-14)
Time: 8:00 a.m. –
Location: Kellogg West
& Lodge, Bldg 76,
Cost: $1,900 EARLY BIRD RATE to 3/1/2022
$2,190 as of 3/2/2022
University Education Credits
John Timmerman, Poly-Nova
Rick Ziebell, R.D.
Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold
Bob Pelletier, ELMET
Stefan Scheibner, Arburg
This 4-DAY course offers a comprehensive
overview of silicone elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, mold
manufacturing, information regarding pumping units and molding machines,
manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving and
application areas. Emphasis is on liquid injection molding (LIM/LSR).
This course is presented by a panel of experts in the silicone field, and
time is allotted for discussion of specific project of interest. Featured
at this course is a one day "field trip" toM.R. Mold & Engineering
which attendees will experience all the manufacturing processes involved in
producing the actual LSR part.
The 4-day course offers a comprehensive overview of
silicone elastomers.Emphasis is on
liquid silicone rubber (LIM/LSR) with detailed information in the areas of
material selection, pump design and operation,
tool design considerations, injection molding machine setup and operation, flow
analysis and injection molding & processing.
Featured within this course is a one day “field trip” to
M.R. Mold & Engineering during which attendees will experience all the
manufacturing processes involved in producing an actual liquid silicone rubber
Presented by a panel of experts in the silicone field, this is a must for both entry-level
and experienced rubber technologist, rubber chemists, process engineers,
laboratory manages, supervisors, technicians, shop foremen, quality assurance
managers and engineering.
November 2021 E-News:Chinks in China’s Armor Create Opportunities for U.S. Industrial Recovery
China is facing a number of domestic issues including: labor shortage, shipping and electricity. The U.S./China relationship is facing additional issues: Taiwan and the possibility of decoupling. While these issues will continue to cause problems for U.S./global supply chains, they are also propelling a long overdue push in the U.S. toward greater self-sufficiency.
The relative size of U.S. and Chinese manufacturing is actually much worse than the 1.6X shown in the chart. Manufacturing is measured in value. U.S. prices are, on average, 40% higher than China’s. Therefore, China’s manufacturing is about $5.6T which, if measured at U.S. price levels, is about 2.4X the U.S level. The difference in output is troubling, giving China huge advantages with supplier countries, in military material and the ability to stop shipping essential materials and products to the U.S.
The U.S. trade deficit continues to rise. Our deficit with China is up 10% from 2020, projected to reach $340 billion, which represents about 2.5 million manufacturing jobs. When we balance the trade deficit, China’s output will only be about 1.7X U.S. Below is a summary of China trends, followed by some reasons to expect a closing of the trade and output gaps.
Problems in China
China’s double-digit growth and booming middle class have attracted trillions of dollars in foreign direct investment (FDI), which enabled continued growth. If growth drops to or below zero, e.g. due to contractions in real estate construction, the motivation for such investment will collapse and growth will slow further. FDI in China will also be chilled by U.S./China geopolitical tensions.
Daily Memo: … Financial Pressure in China“Factory gate prices in China are rising at a record pace as a result of the myriad inflationary forces hitting economies across the globe, including increasing wages and soaring energy costs. China’s official producer price index for the month of September showed a 10.7 percent increase over a year ago, following a 9.5 percent jump in August. This is the fastest increase since the mid-1990s.” October’s PPI rose to 13.5% year over year. The CPI was up only 1.5%. China is shifting the cost increases to exports while protecting its consumers. China Macro Economy
Louis-Vincent Gave: China's Investibility Q&A “News from China has grown both more important and more confusing in recent months. Louis Gave pulls together conversations within the Gavekal team in handy Q&A format, including:”
Is Evergrande China’s Lehman moment?
Don’t you find this string of corporate takedowns scary?
Surely China and the west can work together on some issues?
Doesn’t that mean China’s growth will slow further?
Won’t slower growth threaten Xi’s grip on power?
What should we make of “common prosperity?”
Why does Evergrande matter? “The Evergrande crisis is not the cause of anything. It is simply one of the most recent of a series of debt-related crises beginning with that of Baoshang Bank in May 2019. These…reflect the unsustainable underlying debt dynamics that have characterized the Chinese economy for at least a decade."
"There are a number of potential risks and problems associated with Evergrande…Among these are the risk of domestic financial contagion, the risk of global financial contagion, the financial distress impact on the economy, and the implications for China’s underlying growth model.”
What Does Evergrande Meltdown Mean for China? “China’s official debt-to-GDP ratio has soared by nearly 45 percentage points in the past five years, leaving it with among the highest debt ratios for any developing country in history.” The property sector is one of the main engines of economic activity for the Chinese economy, accounting for as much as 25 percent of the country’s GDP (considerably higher than is typical in other countries).” “Between one-fifth and one-quarter of the total housing stock, especially in more desirable cities—owned by speculative buyers who have no interest in either moving in or renting out."
U.S. Signals No Thaw in Trade Relations With China“…United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai...“offered [the Administration’s] strongest signal yet that the United States’ combative economic approach toward China would continue, with senior administration officials saying that President Biden would not immediately lift tariffs on Chinese goods and that he would hold Beijing accountable for trade commitments agreed to during the Trump administration.”
Container rates will increase 126% in 2021 vs. 2020
Average delays up 425% while short term rates up 102%
Summary: China has huge momentum, assets and production capability. The issues so far are not enough to cripple China but are much more severe than in the past. There is some risk that the Communist Party will divert its people from increasing problems by focusing on a foreign threat.
Opportunities for the U.S.
Recent reports indicate that the U.S. is starting to focus on key actions to pivot away from dependence on China.
New data reveals that consumers are gravitating toward local shopping and American-made goods.
63 percent of consumers want personal products and cosmetics to be made within the United States with 52 percent citing materials used in manufacturing as the reasoning.
What does the next manufacturing workforce think about industry? Another research study of 1,000 U.S. respondents aged 18-24 was conducted in June by Parsable, and found that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on Gen Z’s perception of manufacturing. For example, more than half of respondents (54%) said they had not considered frontline manufacturing as a potential career before the pandemic; of those, 24% are now open to exploring it.
Receiving the award in this picture, is Matt Thavis, Director of Business Development, Acme Alliance, Mauri Mendes, President, Acme Alliance-Lovejoy Industries, JR Kinnett, General Manager, Acme Alliance from Harry Moser, Founder & President, Reshoring Initiative. Photo by Bruce Morey/SME.
2021 Sewn Products National Reshoring Award Announced Venus Group of Fort Lawn, South Carolina won in the Cut & Sew (contract manufacturing) category. Soft-Tex of Waterford, New York won in the Brand category. Both winners were announced at the SEAMS Annual Networking Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Harry Moser Inducted to Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Hall of Fame The AME Hall of Fame recognizes industry thought leaders and influencers who support the values, principles and practices found within leading enterprise excellence organizations. The nomination criteria include the significance of an individual's contributions to the growth of enterprise excellence within the lean, continuous improvement community. Local sourcing is a lean practice.
With 36 years of experience building LSR and plastic molds
for the industry, M.R. Mold & Engineering is proud to announce their
M.R. Mold is known around the world for its expertise in
LSR molds.Starting in 1985 with 1500
sq.ft. the company has continually expanded its capabilities to today’s 25,000
sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility in Brea, CA.Today, M.R. Mold boasts the latest version of machinery and software to
meet the needs of their OEM customers.Our Tech Center is home to 6 company owned molding machines which
provide customers production ready molds.
The recent acquisition of another mold maker’s assets
provides M.R. Mold & Engineering with the capabilities to now venture into
the aerospace and defense industry.In
addition, our 3D metal printer continues to add to our capabilities, bringing
prototyping to a new level.This ISO
9002-2015 certification will open the doors to endless possibilities for M.R.
Mold & Engineering.
Using Momentive's Silopren SLR 2650 fast curing material, M.R. Mold's single cavity duckbill micro mold will run in a BOY XXS Micro Molding injection molding machine with an 8mm screw and barrel. This machine provides maximum efficiency with low energy consumption and highlights the PROCAM ALPHA 4 Control.
Don't forget to stop by Booth #1346 and say hello to M.R. Mold.
Register at www.MDMwest.com with promo code MYGUEST
M.R. Mold's 16 cavity LSR reseal valve injection mold featuring a 8 drop cold runner system will run in Engel's all electric eMac 130 LIM machine using ShinEtsu Silicones KEG-2001-50 fast curing silicone. Visit ENGEL in Booth 3814 to view this cell.
Stop by and say hello to M.R. Mold in Booth 1346. Register at www.MDMwest.com and use promo code MYGUEST for free registration.
iWarriors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to honor severely injured soldiers from all branches of the Armed Forces by providing personalized technology packages to aid in their rehabilitation and recovery. With help from members of the American Mold Builders Association, MoldMaking Technology, colleagues, suppliers, and friends to the industry, we can honor and assist these brave men and women.
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!
Without donations none of this would be possible. Since our last newsletter, we have received over $22K in donations. A special thank you goes to our newest corporate sponsors: MR Mold in Brea, CA, United Tool & Mold in Liberty, SC, and Prestige Mold in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold shared these thoughts on his continued support for iWarriors:
"We have been on board with this program from the start, and I've even challenged my employees to raise funds and the company will then match their donations. I've been lucky enough to visit Camp Pendleton and the San Diego Naval Hospital and see the tablets distributed to wounded vets there. Wow... What an eye opener that was. We all shed quite a few tears. I was blown away at the attitude those men had, as they were seriously upset that they were letting down their fellow soldiers by being in the hospital and not covering their buddies' backs. They were very appreciative we were there for them, and the tablets they received enables them to better connect with others."
Become an iWarriors Corporate Sponsor and proudly show support to your employees and colleagues! Your company name and logo will be listed as a Corporate Sponsor on promotional materials such as ads in Moldmaking Technology and logo placement at events. In addition, iWarriors merchandise will be sent to you so that you and your team can show your support!
A $500 donation buys a veteran a tablet. Of course, any amount helps! You can donate or become a sponsor HERE.
Teaming Up With MoldMaking Technology
The iWarriors mission has received great support from the mold making community, and we would like to thank a leader in that community, MoldMaking Technology Magazine. Each month, an ad appears that keeps the cause visible, and new for this year is the mention of our Corporate Sponsors.
Thanks to all at MMT, as your support is helping to make a difference!
Click HERE to read to a recent MMT article featuring iWarriors.
Recent Technology Recipients
We reviewed applicants and awarded pre-loaded tablets, laser engraved with the iWarriors logo and the recipients' name, to twenty-four individuals. Here are a few of their stories:
Waylon S., Kansas
Wayne served during the onset of Operation Iraqi freedom. His efforts as a heavy combat engineer helped to secure the Mosul airfield. Wayne suffers from severe combat PTSD, numerous broken bones, nerve damage, decreased lung functions, and hearing loss.
Al Q., New Jersey
While serving in Afghanistan, a donkey was brought to the gate by a boy. The donkey was carrying explosives. When they detonated, Al was knocked to the ground from the impact and loss consciousness. He suffers from a taumatic brain injury and PTSD.
Deron S., Lousiana
Deron's vehicle was struck by an IED. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, as well as bi lateral shoulder, knee, ankle, back, and jaw injuries. He has recently undergone his 26th major surgery due to combat injuries.
Greg R., Texas
Greg was the lead vehicle driver for convoys in Iraq. His vehicle was blown up by a Vehicle Based IED. Greg suffered from injuries to his body along with a concussion and traumatic brain injury.
Gerardo B., California
Gerardo is a two-time purple heart recipient. He was awarded his first when an IED exploded underneath his Humvee. His second was given after an RPG penetrated his Humvee and exploded.
Hosting an Event?
Are you beginning to think of hosting a golf outing or 5K as things start to get back to normal? Think of iWarriors as your benefactor! We'll provide additional support and invite colleagues from the mold building industry.
Thanks to Tony Demakis of Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales for hosting a great golf outing last year raising funds for iWarriors to directly help the lives of our heroes. Making a difference!
Stay tuned for more to come...
More tablets are currently going out, and we'll be sharing the stories of these heroes. Meanwhile, some of the past recipients are shown here. Any questions? Contact us at info@iWarriors.org.
As Tech Center manager for M.R. Mold & Engineering
Corp, I’d like to nominate Valeria Magadan as a candidate for your 30 under 30
honors program. Valeria has shown great potential to becoming an effective
leader. Valeria came to M. R. Mold & Engineering Corp as a press operator,
but she has become so much more in the short time she has worked here. Always
looking for ways to gain more experience and expand her knowledge base, Valeria
has taken on many challenges and has become a valuable asset in our testing
center. She is a leader by example and always willing to lend her co workers a
hand whenever needed. Valeria has never shied away from a challenge and has
been a steadfast learner while being exposed to work outside her original job
description.She has learned to use
different pieces of inspection equipment for checking molded product, developed
procedures for parts handling and removal during production molding as well as
participated in installing and removing molds from the presses. Valeria has
also learned to disassemble, clean and reassemble MR Mold cold runner systems.
This has helped her get an up close and personal look under the hood of high quality
injection molds to get a better understanding of injection mold construction.
Valeria has asked to take on more responsibilities to
become a more valuable asset for MR Mold. Her ultimate goal is to learn mold
processing. She is intrigued by the mold making and sees the challenges of
generating molding processes and preparing molds to be production ready. With her
strong work ethic, attention to details and willingness to work with others,
Valeria would be a positive addition to any company.
M.R. Mold & Engineering celebrated 35 years in business in 2020. Unable to celebrate with friends and colleagues due to COVID-19, ENGEL honored this accomplishment with a beautiful custom award!
"Engel and I go way back," states Finnie. "Engel was the first molding machine I ever operated back in the 80's. Engel and my former employer were the first to jump into the LSR biz when LSR was developed in the late 70's early 80's."
While many companies are struggling in the wake of the COVID
pandemic, M.R. Mold & Engineering has positioned itself within the industry
to remain busy. In the past 6 months,
M.R. Mold has hired 5 new employees, all under the age of 30, and purchased new
A Mitsubishi MV2400ST series wire EDM with D-Cubes
controller and loT technology has replaced an aging Charmilles.The Mitsubishi MV series is fully equipped
with enhanced functions, energy savings and low operating cost options.
The machine’s wire electrode annealing system and tension
control greatly improves automatic wire threading with a curl ratio of less
than 10%.High speed fiber optics provide
4 times the communication response with the fiber optic servo control system.The Shape control power supply reduces the
total machining time by improving straightness accuracy during rough,
intermediate and finishing processes.High-speed machining has been enhanced by newly improved power-supply
performance for range of multiple cuts type jobs.The fully automatic rough machining control
realizes highly accurate shape machining even for complicated geometries.
Sarasota, FL, November 19, 2020 —Despite COVID, reshoring is up in 2020. Job announcements for 2020 are projected to reach 110,000, which will bring the total since 2010 to over 1 million by year’s end.
In 2020 reshoring is exceeding foreign direct investment (FDI) in job creation. Reshoring will continue to be key to manufacturing growth and to U.S. economic recovery in 2021 and beyond. From 2010 through 2019 over 900,000 reshoring and FDI manufacturing jobs have been announced.Allowing for a conservative two-year lag, over 600,000 will have been hired. This figure accounts for 44% of the 1.41 million increase in U.S. manufacturing jobs since the manufacturing employment low in 2010, and 5% of total 12/31/19 manufacturing employment of 12.9 million.
The 2019 combined reshoring and FDI announcements totaled more than 117,000 manufacturing jobs, the third highest pre-revision annual rate on record. Additionally, the number of companies reporting new reshoring and FDI in 2019 was at the second highest annual level in history, 1,100 companies. The numbers demonstrate that reshoring and FDI are major contributing factors to the country’s rebounding manufacturing sector.
About the Report
The Reshoring Initiative’s 1H2020 Data Report contains data on U.S. reshoring and FDI by companies that have shifted production or sourcing from offshore to the United States. The report includes cumulative data from 2010 through 2019, as well as projections from 2020 1st half data and provides data and analysis in 10 categories, ranging from the number of manufacturing jobs gained, to reasons cited for reshoring, to a breakdown of data by industry, country, region and state. See the full report:
Due to the pandemic, in 2020 we are seeing U.S. reshoring outpacing FDI for the first time since 2014. COVID uncertainty is causing companies to emphasize operations in their home countries.
The national demand to shorten and close supply chain gaps for essential products to make the U.S. less vulnerable is most likely to benefit the following industries: PPE, medical, tech, and defense. Already, 60% of cases after March 2020 mention the pandemic as a factor in reshoring decisions.
Going forward, we believe President Biden will prioritize reshoring highly but apply different methods than President Trump.
There is continued growth in efforts by MEPs, EDOs and states to enable reshoring. The Reshoring Initiative is deeply involved in these efforts. By year’s end we will be working with 50 or more companies to reshore about 100 products. As a measure of corporate interest, the demand for this service is more than 20X the rate of 2019. Companies are doing their best to reshore, and we are here to help.
“We publish this data annually to show companies that their peers are successfully reshoring and that they should reevaluate their sourcing and siting decisions,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative. “With 5 million manufacturing jobs still offshore, as measured by our $800 billion/year goods trade deficit, there is potential for much more growth. We call on the administration and Congress to enact policy changes to make the United States competitive again. Our Competitiveness Toolkit is available to help quantify the impact of policy alternatives, including a stronger skilled workforce, competitive corporate tax and regulatory structures and a lower U.S. dollar.”
About the Reshoring Initiative
A 50-year manufacturing industry veteran and retired President of GF AgieCharmilles, Harry Moser founded the Reshoring Initiative to move lost jobs back to the U.S. For his efforts with the Reshoring Initiative, he was named to Industry Week magazine’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2010. Additional information on the Reshoring Initiative and its many sponsoring associations and companies is available at www.reshorenow.org.
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The Reshoring Initiative provides the media with custom analyses of specific regions or industries.
With COVID, as we all have, we have scrubbed and bleached and cleaned every nook and cranny with every chemical we know that can kill anything and everything. However, we have been faced with a unique situation at M.R. Mold. Since COVID we have had several customers return molds to us because they have issues with rust. We've scratched our heads several times on this matter and finally contacted a chemist friend at R.D. Abbott. He walked us through our shop process. What we found is that the cleaning solutions we WERE using, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, bleach, all contained ammonia chloride - which when used and steel handled, rusted mold components. To verify, we took M2 and 420 stainless components, wiped them with our bleach cleansers, put them in an oven at 350 degrees for 3 hours, and THEY RUSTED! We now have nothing on the shop floor that contains ammonia chloride.
We wanted to share our experience hoping to save our colleagues problems in the future.
M.R. Mold & Engineering BELIEVES in education. We are involved with grade schools and high schools in our area and with industry colleagues through TLARGI (The Los Angeles Rubber Group) and UWM (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee). Tonight Rick Finnie, president of M.R. Mold taught a virtual class with Rick Ziebell of R.D. Abbott for the benefit of TLARGI students.
Rick Finnie, president of M.R. Mold, congratulates his Tool Room Manager, Don Marple on 25 years of dedicated service at a company lunch recently. Don is one of THREE employees to have worked at M.R. Mold for 25+ years!
GOING DIGITAL WITH THEIR BASIC RUBBER TECHNOLOGY COURSE
Typically the "Basic Rubber Technology Course" is a 20-weeK, in-classroom setting comprised of two semesters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TLARGI will be offering this exceptional training in web format for 2020. This abridged course, beginning on August 27, will be a single 15-week course with classes meeting every Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), and ending December 17, 2020.
This course is open to everyone. You don't need to be a member of TLARGI to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind course!
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the following topics:
Mold maker M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. has moved approximately four miles from its previous 18,000-ft2 operation in Brea, Calif. to a new 23,000-ft2 space, which it has updated to offer its customers more capabilities, including room to add more injection molding machines in support of turnkey projects.
M.R. Mold President and Owner Rick Finnie told Plastics Technology that the new site, which it began leasing in October 2019, was essentially a blank slate with no amenities. M.R. Mold’s investments in the facility included insulation of the ceilings and the addition of electric, water, compressed air, and mist and dust collection. All utilities were placed above the machines and off the shop floor for cleanliness, with data lines run to each machine. The floors were sanded and given a high polish, and the interior of the shop was painted. The office space was also reconfigured to meet the company’s needs. At present, M.R. Mold is in the process of adding exhaust fans and air-conditioning to the shop area.
M.R. Mold & Engineering finalized the move into a 23,000-ft2 space in Brea, Calif. on March 31.
The new space includes a tech center featuring six injection molding machines, ranging in clamp force from 55 to 120 tons, which can run both LSR and standard thermoplastics. On the machining side, the facility has five CNCs; two lathes; a sinker, CNC wire, and two manual EDMs; a hard-milling high-speed CNC mill; and a 5-axis CNC mill. The company also added an 18-ft tall vertical storage unit to support lean manufacturing.
One of the most important additions, according to Finnie, will be the turnkey solutions effort. “In our old facility, we didn’t have the space nor the electricity to bring in more molding machines,” Finnie said. “In the new facility layout, we have space for five more molding machines, whether they be for our business needs or for turn-key opportunities.”
Moving Amidst a Pandemic
The finalization of this move took place as the coronavirus first began to significantly disrupt everyday life. On March 4, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, followed by an order to shelter in place on March 19. M.R. Mold primarily serves the medical industry, so as an essential business, it was allowed to remain open.
Finnie said the company has manufactured several molds for various critical products utilized in respiratory care. It has also refurbished several molds built more than two decades ago, which were pressed back into service due to the pandemic. “The demand is so high that no mold is being left idle,” Finnie said.
Founded in 1985 in a 1500-ft2 space with two used machines, the company had planned to celebrate its 35th anniversary with an open house at the new facility. It will still mark the anniversary when that becomes an option, but through this very difficult time, Finnie said he’s grateful that M.R. Mold’s medical expertise is being put to use and is in demand. “We are fortunate enough to have a backlog and are positive that this will continue for us,” Finnie said.
M.R. Mold & Engineering specializes in the production of tooling for LSR.