Plastics Hall of Fame announces 2021 inductees


The 2021 Plastics Hall of Fame inductees were announced this morning by Plastics Academy President Jay Gardiner. The 10 industry luminaries will be officially inducted on October 7, 2021, during a ceremony during the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) fall annual meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Chicago. The event will also include the induction of the 2020 six-member posthumous class, which has been repeatedly delayed during the pandemic.

The Plastics Academy inducts living members into the Hall of Fame every three years. After more than a year of remote meetings and virtual conferences, leaders from global machinery, training, packaging, materials and trade associations will come together in person to celebrate this year’s inductees, the organization said.

And the 2021 Plastics Hall of Fame inductees are. . .

Yoshiharu Inaba, a pioneer in all-electric injection molding technology. Inaba joined the Japanese company Fanuc Corp. in 1983, the same year the company decided to focus on electrifying injection molding machines to make them more efficient and accurate. Fanuc introduced the world’s first all-electric mass-production type injection machine, the Autoshot, in 1985. Inaba, who holds more than 110 design patents, is the president of Fanuc.

Mayumi Kotani, Yushin Precision Equipment.

Mayumi kotani, the fourth woman to be inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame, is president of Yushin Precision Equipment Co. Ltd., based in Kyoto, Japan, a manufacturer of on-the-go robots for injection molded products. Kotani helped start the business in 1973, and Yushin entered the take-out robot market in 1978. She was Vice President of Sales for 12 years before being appointed President in 2002. Under her leadership, the company quickly expanded abroad and received several awards for its optimally designed robots.

Salvatore Monte is President and Co-Owner of Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc. and has been an active member of many plastics industry groups for decades. He is recognized as an expert in the development and commercialization of coupling and compatibility agents. Monte holds 31 US patents and is the author of numerous technical papers and articles, as well as a popular reference manual on titanates, zirconates and aluminates. Its first commercial titanate was hailed as a novel coupling agent for loaded polyethylene in 1974. It is a Fellow, Associate and Honorary Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a long-standing officer of the Plastics Pioneers Association.

Peter Neumann led injection molding machine manufacturer Engel Holding GmbH during a period of rapid global growth and was chairman of Euromap, the European committee of manufacturers of plastic and rubber machinery. When Neumann joined Engel in the early 1980s, the company had 783 employees. As head of purchasing, material planning and logistics, Engel was the first press manufacturer to make machine platens out of steel rather than cast iron. The company’s global operations grew rapidly in the 1990s, thanks to other innovations, including barless, dual-platen machines. With Neumann as CEO, Engel’s sales fell from 76 million euros to 1.36 billion euros.

Paulson training programsDonald paulson
Donald Paulson, Paulson Training Programs.

Donald paulson is a seasoned teacher of plastics processing with nine US and European patents. He launched his career in 1963, when he developed a plastics research laboratory at the General Motors Institute. Using the results of his research, in 1968 he launched Control Process Inc., the first company to use cavity pressure to control machine injection pressure. The company was sold in 1980 and he launched Paulson Training Programs Inc., a provider of technical training in plastics. In 1998, he was named one of the six most important inventors in the plastics industry. Paulson received the SPE Lifetime Engineering and Technical Achievement Award in 2006.

Joseph prischak is the founder of the Plastek Group, a global manufacturer of tools and injection molding based in Erie, PA. He is also a supporter of training in the plastics industry and a renowned philanthropist. With two partners he founded Triangle Tool Co., a leader in mold design and manufacturing, in 1956. They entered plastics molding in 1971 and spread to Europe, Brazil and the United States. Mexico. He is considered the father of the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie, which has educated over 1,000 graduates and is the nation’s largest plastic undergraduate program. Prischak is also the founder of African 6000 International, a non-profit organization that drills deep freshwater wells across the African continent.

Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co.Ulrich Reifenhäuser
Ulrich Reifenhäuser,
Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co.

Ulrich Reifenhäuser joined the German extrusion machine group Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. in 1983. Together with the brothers Klaus and Bernd he turned the family business into a global company developing technology for high performance blown films and nonwoven materials . Reifenhäuser has been the chairman of the K trade fair since 2004, has played an active role in VDMA and frequently acts as a spokesperson for the German plastics machinery community. He currently holds the position of sales manager for his company. During his tenure, the company’s turnover rose from 142 million euros to more than 500 million euros.

Wylie royce is an executive plastics supplier who is also well known for his leadership in a trade association. Royce is executive vice president of colorants and specialty chemicals company Royce Global, and a partner and director of Royce International. Royce International is a supplier and manufacturer of epoxy resins, hardeners, thinners and specialty chemicals used in the coatings, construction, electronics and aerospace industries. Royce is currently Past President of the Plastics Industry Association and Treasurer of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, as well as a member of the Technical Advisory Board of Health Beauty America. He holds a US patent on a proprietary method using electron beam modification of resin to create marbled dye effects for injection molded products.

Suresh Shah developed and marketed important innovations in automotive plastics and held numerous positions for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The retired General Motors and Inteva engineer was the first to invent and introduce the plastic module concept 27 years ago, leading a team that designed and developed the all door interior module. plastic nicknamed the SuperPlug. The component, which replaced 50 metal parts, was the first and most complex of the parts marketed using gas injection molding technology. He has held many volunteer positions with SPE, including as a member of the board of directors and president of the automotive division. In 2017, he received the division’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vince Witherup carried the torch for the US plastics industry around the world as an executive at Franklin, PA-based ancillary equipment maker Conair Group Inc. and as an ambassador for NPE. He has been involved in plastics for over 50 years, starting as a salesperson with Conair and working his way up to Executive Vice President. Witherup has served in volunteer leadership roles with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., now the Plastics Industry Association. He was chairman of NPE2000, where he was honored as SPI’s International Businessman of the Year. He has been active in the Plastics Pioneers Association for over 20 years.

The 2020 Plastics Hall of Fame Posthumous Inductees are: Howard irvin (Chemical Marbon), Ronald saxton (Du Pont), Walt schrenk (Dow Chemical), Dennis tully (MTD), Charles Sears (Dri-Air Industries) and Bill stoesser (Stoesser Industries).

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