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  • Jade Group to Present ANTEC 2017 Tutorial on Strategies for Mold Sourcing
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    Session to Address Tool Buyers’ Concerns and Provide Expertise and Guidance for North American Molders

    WEST BEND, Wis., April 6, 2017 – Jade Group International, a leading global provider of high-quality tooling and manufacturer of plastic parts and components, will present a tutorial to help U.S. molders identify winning strategies for mold sourcing during the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC 2017 technical conference May 8-10 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.  The event, entitled “Strategic Mold Sourcing: Helping North American Molders Win More Business,” is sponsored by the SPE Injection Molding Division. It is a collaborative presentation by Jade President Patrick Smith and senior account manager Michael Curran who have a combined 50 years of tooling experience.

    The presentation will address challenges and issues that domestic molders face in sourcing molds from outside the U.S., particularly China, and offer guidance and direction in navigating a sometimes complicated sourcing activity. Both Smith and Curran will share what they’ve learned over the years including several best practices. “We hope the session provides a blueprint for molders to apply to their sourcing strategy so they can optimize their molding jobs and be more successful winning business,” said Curran.

    In preparation for the tutorial, Jade is currently offering a quick 3-5 min survey to determine molders’ views on today’s most pressing issues and concerns in mold sourcing. The survey will serve as a baseline of information for the tutorial so the presentation can target immediate topics of concern among North American mold buyers. Survey participants are asked about quality, tariffs, convenience and security of payments, project management, the language barrier, labor costs, testing and inspection, and lead times.

    Interested participants can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Injection_Mold_Buyers (U.S. Mold Buyers) and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Canada_Mold_Buyers (Canadian Mold Buyers).

    At the tutorial, Jade will share the results of the survey and provide analysis. A full report of the data and analysis will be released after the conference.

    In China, Jade produces high-quality molds and a wide range of plastic parts and components for the consumer goods, industrial, automotive, and packaging markets. The company’s mission is to help North American and European injection molding companies compete globally and to re-shore injection molding. Most of Jade’s efforts are focused on re-shoring manufacturing business to North America.

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  • Jade Molds Adds Two New Manufacturer Rep Groups
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Jade Group Appoints Two Manufacturers’ Reps for Sale of Injection Molds in the U.S.

     

    WEST BEND, Wis., March 7, 2017 – Jade Group International, a leading global provider of high-quality tooling and manufacturer of plastic parts and components, has announced the appointment of two manufacturers’ representatives to oversee the sale of its injection molds in the Midwest and Southwest regions. Millholland Conrad, based in Cicero, Ind., will cover Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Meanwhile, LTech Group, based in Dallas, Texas, will be responsible for Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

    Jade is a Wisconsin-based company with manufacturing in Zhongshan, China. The company has expanded its stable of manufacturers’ reps in response to new production capacity for its injection molds in China and a need to accelerate commercial opportunities in U.S. sales territories.

    “We’re excited to announce these new distribution agreements with Millholland Conrad and LTech Group and we look forward to expanding our reach into these key geographic locations,” said Patrick Smith, president of Jade Group International. “Both of these manufacturers’ reps have well-established relationships in the injection molding industry and the necessary resources that will help us grow our position in the U.S.”

    Millholland Conrad, led by President Mark Padgett, has a long track record as a leading manufacturers’ rep in the plastics industry. The company has been supplying plastics and rubber manufacturers with engineering solutions for more than 50 years. Millholland Conrad carries a comprehensive product line for injection molders that features both primary and auxiliary equipment.

    “We welcome this new arrangement and are very pleased to be a key seller of Jade’s high-quality injection molds,” said Padgett. “We look forward to leveraging our injection molding customer base and enabling Jade to penetrate new market opportunities.”

    LTech Group LLC, led by President Paula Larson, is a leading manufacturers’ representative that provides engineered products to the aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas, and industrial markets. LTech Group sells injection molded plastic and composite parts and components, along with machined metal and castings to leading OEMs.

    “We’re thrilled about our new relationship with Jade and we hope to deliver new business opportunities in the southwest region,” said Larson. “Our extensive customer network in the injection molding industry will be a valuable asset for Jade as it seeks to expand in the U.S.”

    Jade is also interested in expanding its manufacturers’ rep network into the West, mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions of the U.S. The company’s mission is to help North American and European injection molding companies compete globally and to re-shore injection molding. Most of Jade’s efforts are focused on re-shoring manufacturing business to North America.

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    About Millholland Conrad

    Millholland Conrad Inc., based in Cicero, Ind., has been supplying plastics and rubber manufacturers with engineering solutions for more than 50 years. Carrying a comprehensive product line that features the finest primary and auxiliary equipment, the company strives to make manufacturers more efficient and productive, with equipment optimized for their specific manufacturing needs. President Mark Padgett leads a team of sales engineers that provide in-depth knowledge of the plastics and rubber industry.

    Since it was established in 1960 by William K. Millholland and Curtis E. Conrad as a full-service industrial sales agency, Millholland Conrad Inc., has represented only first-line equipment manufacturers. The company’s longevity reflects its commitment to serving its customers with well-trained and professional sales engineers, who represent reliable manufacturers of high-quality primary and auxiliary plastics equipment. Millholland Conrad sales engineers serve the manufacturing heartland of America, with a territory that stretches from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio through Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The company serves both large and small plastics and rubber manufacturers, with clients in the automotive, appliance, medical, packaging, and construction industries. For more information, visit www.millconinc.com.

     

    About LTech Group

    LTech Group, based in Dallas, Texas, is a manufacturers’ representative agency focused on servicing the aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas, and industrial markets. The company serves the South Central portion of the U.S., covering Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Colorado. LTech Group has extensive contacts with many key manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, L-3, BAE, Raytheon, American Airlines, Nordam, Osteomed, Stryker, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, CRC Evans, FMC, and Gardner Denver.

    President Paula Larson has 15 years of experience with castings, forgings, plastics, stampings, composites, electromechanical assemblies, electrical enclosures, electronics, carbon graphite, springs, and rubber products. Before starting LTech Group, Larson worked as a Territory Manager for a rep agency that represented companies that made engineered products. There she developed relationships with customers that yielded $4 million in sales annually. For more information, visit www.LTechgroup.com.

    About Jade Group International                                                                                             

    Jade Group International, founded in 2006, is a global company focused on innovation. The company combines the advantages and convenience of U.S. engineering, production standards and communications with the cost competitiveness, skilled labor supply, and high production capacity of off-shore operations. Jade produces high-quality molds and a wide range of plastic parts and components for the consumer goods, industrial, automotive, and packaging markets.

    The company’s mission is to help North American and European injection molding companies compete globally and to re-shore injection molding. Most of Jade’s efforts are focused on re-shoring manufacturing business to North America. The company believes in the 90/10 rule: the overall spend for most plastics programs should have 90% on-shore and only 10% spent off-shore. Offshore molds offer lower cost and therefore the ability for clients to bring more new products to market within the same budget. Producing more new products equates to a greater chance of success for Jade’s clients. For more information, visit www.jademolds.com.

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  • Jade Group Expands Operations in China
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    Jade Group Expands Operations in China
    in Response to Strong Global Demand

    Company Moves Tooling Business to New Location in Guangdong Province

    WEST BEND, Wis., January 31, 2017 – Jade Group International, a leading global provider of high-quality tooling and manufacturer of plastic parts and components, has announced an expansion of its China operations in response to growing demand for its products in North America, Canada, and Europe. In December, the company moved its tooling operation into a new 1600-sq-meter leased location in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province.

    Jade has grown dramatically since its founding in 2006 and outgrew its current manufacturing facility in Zhongshan, which is located just five minutes away from the new location. The first factory, which combined both mold building and plastics processing, will now only manufacture plastic parts.

    “We’re excited about establishing this new mold making facility because it enables us to meet increasing customer demand throughout the world,” said Patrick Smith, president of Jade Group International. “This is an important first step that will unlock key business opportunities and firmly position us for future growth.”

    Jade opened its tooling operation in China in 2006 and later added manufacturing, assembly, and packaging in 2013. The company combines the advantages and convenience of U.S. engineering/production standards and communications with the cost competitiveness, skilled labor supply, and high production capacity of off-shore operations. Jade has salespeople located throughout the U.S. and engineering and project management staff who work remotely in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and other locations. “Offshore molds offer lower cost and therefore the ability for our clients to bring more new products to market within the same budget,” said Smith. “Producing more new products equates to a greater chance of success for our clients.”

    Smith notes that the company’s China tooling business emulates U.S. CNC machining processes and is distinguished by reduced mold fit-up (fitting) and significantly reduced lead times. Jade produces molds for press sizes ranging from 20 tons to 2000 tons.

    Jade manufactures a range of plastic parts for various industries including consumer goods, industrial, packaging, and automotive. The company serves as a contract manufacturer for many of its customers, performing injection molding and all related secondary operations, assembly, and packaging.

    In China, Jade employs 35 at its new tooling facility and another 35 at its plastics processing plant. In the U.S., the company employs eight people in sales, customer service, engineering, and project management.
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    About Jade Group International Jade Group International, founded in 2006, is a global company focused on innovation. The company combines the advantages and convenience of U.S. engineering, production standards and communications with the cost competitiveness, skilled labor supply, and high production capacity of off-shore operations. Jade produces high-quality molds and a wide range of plastic parts and components for the consumer goods, industrial, automotive, and packaging markets.
    The company’s mission is to help North American and European injection molding companies compete globally and to re-shore injection molding. Most of Jade’s efforts are focused on re-shoring manufacturing business to North America. The company believes in the 90/10 rule: the overall spend for most plastics programs should have 90% on-shore and only 10% spent off-shore. Offshore molds offer lower cost and therefore the ability for clients to bring more new products to market within the same budget. Producing more new products equates to a greater chance of success for Jade’s clients. For more information, visit www.jademolds.com.

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