Knock, Knock

Who’s there? Opportunity! If you are looking for ways to expand your business or operations, maybe it’s time to open your door to the opportunities knocking.


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Perhaps a look at the potential and possibilitieswithin the global marketplace? Now although that may be outside of your comfort zone at the moment, we have some exciting things planned for 2014, the goal of which is to arm you with the information you need to consider taking the leap.

We will be kicking off the year in January with an annual North American moldmaking forecast provided by Steven Kline, Jr., the director of market intelligence for Gardner Business Media (MoldMaking Technology’s parent company). This report will examine the drivers of the manufacturing recovery and spending trends (both general and end market focused)—all in an effort to deliver better intelligence on the metalworking and plastics markets that comprise the mold manufacturing sector. We are very excited about working together on providing such valuable content to our audience.

We are also introducing a new print series (alongside a webinar component), which will report on the outlook and opportunities for mold manufacturers in various regions of the globe.  Our overall goal is to have you participate in the entire series, so by the end of 2014 you will have had a consistent overview of opportunities throughout the world tooling market. Tentatively, we are looking to begin with the closest opportunities to home: The Americas— North, Central and South America.

This data and analysis will be reported by Michael Taylor, Senior Director, International Affairs and Trade for the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). In this role Michael serves as the primary staff expert on international trade policy, programs and activities. He has a broad array of experience in the international trade, governmental and academic arenas, and has a strong background in U.S. trade law and regulations, as well as in global compliance issues. Prior to joining SPI, Michael served as Director, Europe and Multilateral Programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, where he developed and executed the Center’s goals to champion intellectual property rights as vital to creating jobs and advancing global economic growth.

Through his extensive expertise and experience, we will shed some light on global market opportunities with a look at trade policy updates, trade flows and markets, top export markets, top export growth markets, exporting basics, benefits of exporting, how to develop an exporting strategy, identifying potential international markets, things to know about the target country, means of foreign market entry, costs associated with exporting, and more.

And after all that we hope to share your endeavors into the global mold marketplace.