Plastic Molding Porducts

When Norman Wood saw an advertisement in the newspaper for a toy factory for sale eight years ago, he decided it was worth checking out.

After all, his father had a small woodworking factory and, as a child, he spent a lot of time in it. He thought he would quite like to own his own factory.

With a background in advertising, marketing and philosophy, along with a degree in planning, Mr. Wood, originally from Auckland, bought EPI Plastics and became the third owner of the business, which was established in Dunedin in 1974.

Passion Plastic mold company manufactures plastic products using the injection and blow moulding – everything from jerry cans and bottles to strawberry and herb planters and children’s ride-on tricycles.

Promotional products are also made at the Hope St factory.

There had been “tremendous” changes over the eight years, Mr. Wood said. Staff numbers had gone from 12 to four, although turnover had increased.

A major boost to business came during the Christchurch earthquakes when orders for plastic containers came flooding in.

The factory was temporarily ramped up to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep up with demand.

While the financial return was welcome – it allowed the company to pay off debt and also opened up new customers – there was also the altruism element and working “extra hard” because it was “our brothers and sisters up the road” who were affected by the tragedy, Mr. Wood said.

That was another advantage of being a New Zealand supplier – the containers were needed immediately and it would take too long to source them from the likes of China.

Plastic suppliers and freight companies also worked hard to help. “That’s what you lose if you lose local manufacturing,” he said.

At that time, the company was going through about a shipping container-load of plastic a week, whereas that quantity would normally last about two months.

By August-September, things had settled down and business returned to normal.

He described the plastic, which was food-grade and made in Thailand, as being “like beans in a bean bag”.

While the plastics industry was increasingly being monopolized by a few big players, his business was “pretty cost-effective”.

He enjoyed working with small customers, saying he cared about his customers and their businesses.

About 95% of the company’s products left Dunedin but only a very small amount was exported. That was a real opportunity in the future, however, and something he was exploring.

He believed growth for his business was in importing, exporting and product development. He was also looking at moving to more modern premises in the future and investing in new equipment.

Mr. Wood believed Dunedin boxed above its weight in terms of its business skills, saying there were some “pretty grunty” businesses in the city. He was grateful to the various mentors who had helped him in business over the years.

Life was busy for Mr. Wood, who also has a small advertising business, owns Hulmes Court Bed and Breakfast and co-owns a book-importing business, while he and wife Zina are expecting their first child in several weeks. The key to juggling so many balls in the air was having “great staff”, he said.

Plastic Mold Company

Kube tech molding, Inc., is a plastic mold company, is a turn-key operation with extensive experience in plastic mold making and molding manufacturing.
Over the last 5 years, we have developed joint ventures with quality offshore vendors, and have created several exclusive partnerships. We are able to provide seamless global sourcing solutions for plastic injection, die casting components and assemblies; (i.e., mold making, mold design, product design, production molding). Rite Tech Industries is an independent company, unlike other global solution companies that are employed directly by offshore manufacturers. We not only offer manufacturing solutions, but rather a turn-key service that is tailored around our customer’s specific requirements. Rite Tech Industries represents its customers through a strong relationship with our offshore partners, so we have the ability to achieve the best quality at the lowest cost. Due to our experience and multi-sourcing capabilities, we have the ability to negotiate the cost and ultimately provide our customers with a quality product within budget.

Our Mission

We recognize that the quality of our products has a powerful impact on our customers’ operation and reputation. Therefore, we will strive to continuously improve our operations in order to deliver safe, effective, and timely products that meet the quality expectations of our customers.

  1. We Value our Customers and are committed to providing them with quality and cost-effective services for complete satisfaction.
  2. We Value our Suppliers and are committed to their success, sharing with them our customer-centric mission and quality expectations.
  3. We Value our Associates and are committed to maintaining a meaningful work environment suited for professional growth and fulfillment.
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