Cost pressure and fierce global competition are nothing new to toolmakers. Still, the industry is constantly changing and 2018 comes with other problems than those of 2008. What does 2018 have in store for tooling and moulding?
At the recently held ISTMA General Assembly in Brazil, Bob Williamson was elected President for the next three-year period. Williamson is the representative of TASA (Toolmaking Association of South Africa) at the International Special Tooling and Machining Association.
ASG Moldes, headquartered in Portugal, has over 50 years of experience in the production of moulds for plastic injection. The company is NP EN ISO 9001:2008 certified since 1998 and is known for its high-quality products worldwide, ASG says.
Manuel Oliveira is general secretary at Cefamol, the Association for the Portuguese Moulds and Special Tools Industry. Among other activities, they represent the industry to the Government and other official organisations, and they organise training activities.
Europe - Poland and the Czech Republic have a well-trained and competitive workforce and serve as an extended workbench and an alternative for companies in Southern Germany. Moreover, the Czech Republic has also been showing positive signs of further economic recovery.