Plastics Hall of Fame Announces New Candidates for 2021

The 2021 Plastics Hall of Fame nominees were announced this morning by Plastics Academy President Jay Gardiner. The 10 industry giants will be officially presented on October 7, 2021 during a ceremony at the annual fall meeting of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Chicago. The event also includes the launch of the 2020 posthumous class of six, which was postponed several times during the pandemic.

The Plastics Academy accepts living members into the Hall of Fame every three years. After more than a year of remote meetings and virtual conferences, executives from plastics machinery, training, packaging, materials and trade associations will meet in person to celebrate this year’s additions, the organization said.

And who will be inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 2021. . .

Yoshiharu Inaba, a pioneer of all-electric injection molding technology. Inaba joined the Japanese Fanuc Corp. in 1983. at, the same year the company decided to focus on electrifying injection molding presses to make them more efficient and precise. In 1985, Fanuc introduced the world’s first mass-produced fully electric injection molding machine, the Autoshot. Inaba, who holds more than 110 designs, is the chairman 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 removal robots for injection molded products. Kotani helped start the company in 1973, and Yushin entered the take-out robot market in 1978. She served as the vice president of sales for 12 years before being named president in 2002. Under her leadership, the company quickly expanded overseas and received multiple awards for its optimally designed robots.

Salvatore Mountain is President and Co-Owner of Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc. and has been an active member of numerous groups in the plastics industry for decades. He is considered an expert in the development and marketing of coupling and tolerance agents. Monte holds 31 US patents and has authored numerous technical articles and articles as well as a popular reference manual on titanates, zirconates, and aluminates. His first commercial titanate was hailed in 1974 as the new adhesion promoter for filled polyethylene. He is a member, fellow and honorary member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and long-time director of the Plastics Pioneers Association.

Peter Neumann led the transfer press manufacturer Engel Holding GmbH through a period of rapid global growth and was President of Euromap, the European committee for manufacturers of plastics and rubber machines. When Neumann came to Engel in the early 1980s, the company employed 783 people. As Head of Purchasing, Scheduling and Logistics, Engel was the first press manufacturer to produce machine plates made of steel instead of cast iron. In the 1990s, the company’s global business grew rapidly thanks to other innovations such as tie-bar-less and two-platen machines. With Neumann as CEO, Engel’s sales grew from 76 million euros to 1.36 billion euros.

Paulson training programsDonald Paulson
Donald Paulson, Paulson Education Programs.

Donald Paulson is an experienced plastics processing instructor with nine US and European patents. He began his career in 1963 when he set up a plastics processing research laboratory at the General Motors Institute. Using the results of his research, he founded Control Process Inc. in 1968, the first company to use cavity pressure to control machine injection pressure. The company was sold in 1980 and he founded Paulson Training Programs Inc., a plastics technology training provider. 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 injection molding and tooling company based in Erie, PA. He is also a supporter of education in the plastics industry and a noted philanthropist. In 1956, he and two partners founded Triangle Tool Co., a leading company in the field of mold design and manufacture. In 1971 they switched to plastic molding and expanded to Europe, Brazil and Mexico. He is considered the father of the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie, which has produced more than 1,000 graduates and is the largest undergraduate plastics degree in the country. 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 expanded the family business into a global technology company for high-performance blown films and nonwovens. Reifenhäuser has been chairman of the K-Messe since 2004, is involved in the VDMA and often appears as a spokesman for the German plastics machinery community. He is currently the company’s Chief Sales Officer. During his tenure, the company’s turnover grew from 142 million euros to over 500 million euros.

Wylie Royce is a senior plastics supplier who is also known for his association leadership. Royce is executive vice president of dyes 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 for the coatings, construction, electronics and aerospace industries. Royce is currently Chairman of the Plastics Industry Association and Treasurer of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee. He is a board member of the Foodservice Packaging Institute and a member of the Technical Advisory Board of Health Beauty America. He holds a US patent for a proprietary process that uses electron beam modification of resin to create marbled color effects for injection molded products.

Suresh Shah developed and marketed key plastics innovations for the automotive industry and held numerous roles for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The retired engineer from General Motors and Inteva was the first to invent and introduce the plastic module concept 27 years ago, and led a team that designed and developed the all-plastic interior door module called SuperPlug. The component that replaced 50 metal parts was the first and most complex part to be commercialized using gas injection molding technology. He held numerous honorary positions at SPE, including as a board member and chairman 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 accessories maker Conair Group Inc. and as an ambassador for the NPE trade show. He has been involved in plastics for more than 50 years, from sales at Conair to Executive Vice President. Witherup held honorary leadership positions with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., now the Plastics Industry Association. He was chairman of the NPE2000 exhibition, where he was named SPI International Businessperson of the Year. He has been a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association for more than 20 years.

The individuals inducted posthumously into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 2020 are: Howard Irvin (Marbon chemical), Ronald Saxton (DuPont), Walt Schrenk (Dow Chemical), Dennis Tully (MTD), Charles Sears (Dri-Air Industry) and Bill Stoesser (Stößer Industries).

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