Edward Trueman is currently involved in an initiative that provides advanced composite engineering and manufacturing capabilities to meet the requirements for the OEM Global manufacturing market.
Trueman is the president and chief executive officer at Sintex-Wausaukee Composites, a leading manufacturer of highly-engineered composites components for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers in many different industries. Wausaukee Composites provides composites plastic and fiberglass components to more than 35 OEM customers globally, producing more than 100,000 units annually.
Trueman has been heavily involved in the driving and creative forces behind developing a growth initiative that will continue to expand every manufacturing process at his company in order to increase customer satisfaction.
Can you explain your six-year growth initiative program?
Our growth initiative is a balanced combination of organic and acquisitive activity. Our aim, frankly, is a full portfolio of process technologies offering maximum design and manufacturing capability across the range of volume and tool cost landscape. The growth initiative includes: 1) An advanced ‘Design Center of Excellence’ for advanced products, techniques and materials, 2) A Six-Sigma ‘Global Advanced Manufacturing Initiative’ to provide advanced engineering and manufacturing capability and 3) A Strategic Marketing initiative to meet the OEM composite requirements of the Fortune 500 Global OEM Manufacturers.
In your opinion, what would help the composites industry expand?
We are working on advanced technology and technique processes that address the velocity of issues associated with traditional process techniques. Additionally, the integration of bio-based and/or bio-derived raw material options in thermoplastic is another option. This is how my company is particularly expanding within the composites industry.
Implementing a quality program or initiative may seem troubling to companies, especially small ones. Do you have any advice for getting started?
That’s simple; they just need to actually GET STARTED!
As Chairman and CEO of a private bio composite material development group, what are some of the challenges that you face?
We face many challenges but aside from enabling the organization to execute on a fundamental manufacturing capability, I would rank establishing the commercial viability of the technologies as our biggest challenge. Matching the fundamental physical and mechanical properties of a raw material and injecting these new materials into a product validation stream across an application landscape can’t happen without commercial application success.
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