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Toshiba Machine Hoping To Mold Next Generation For Our Industry

September 30, 2014

Attention all Illinois high school and college students: Toshiba Machine America, the North American arm of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric and hydraulic injection molding machines, and an AdvanTech Plastics supplier, wants to excite you about the plastic injection molding industry right here in Illinois.

As part of a national effort, the company is sponsoring a “Manufacturing Day” symposium Oct. 3, 2014 at its North American headquarters in Elk Grove Village.  One of over 600 events that will take place across the U.S. on October 3, the Elk Grove Village symposium is part of “MFG Day 2014,” a grassroots movement whose goal is to help today’s U.S. manufacturers compete more effectively on the global market.

Toshiba and its partners will showcase live injection molding machine demonstrations as well as presentations by plastics industry leaders, all designed to enlighten students about the career opportunities our industry has to offer young people.

“We’ve been diligently working on a program that would increase the next generation’s awareness of manufacturing, especially in Illinois, so that we can maintain America’s strength in the global economy,” said Toshiba Machine America General Manager Tom McKevitt.

While STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has become increasingly popular across the country, McKevitt believes the industry also needs “to address the fundamentals of manufacturing, which are needed to bring the younger generation’s fresh new ideas to market.”

By demonstrating the latest injection molding systems, machine tools, and SCARA (Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm) robotics, event organizers hope to add a dash of pizzazz to the students’ experience.  It’s an up-close-and-personal look at the plastics industry not normally available to young people, Toshiba officials say.  Guest speakers include Michael Taylor, Senior Director, International Affairs and Trade, Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and Omar A. Ghrayeb, Associate Dean, Outreach and Undergraduate Programs,  Northern Illinois University.

Others making presentations at the Toshiba event will be plastics industry business leaders from Meadoworks, Paulson Training Programs Inc., RJG Inc., Reiloy Westland Corp. and Yushin America Inc.


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