Speaker Interview: Bill Novak, Leistritz Extrusion
In our next interview, we spoke with William L Novak, Product Manager at Leistritz Extrusion.
As product manager, Bill is in direct contact with management teams and engineers who are considering adding Leistritz twin-screw extruders to increase their production capabilities. These same teams may also be looking to upgrade or maintain more reliably the equipment they already have. His responsibilities include helping to specify new equipment as well as proposing de-bottlenecking projects so the Leistritz equipment can perform more efficiently, increasing production reliability and profitability.
What are the biggest challenges facing the market today, and how can this be overcome?
Inflation has put pressure on every company in the plastics industry. One of the biggest challenges is being able to offer a high quality, high value product without pricing it out of reach of your customers. At Leistritz, we have been able to continuously improve our product offerings while staying in-touch with the market. Flexibility has been key in staying economical and providing equipment and solutions in a timely manner.
In your opinion, what do you consider to be the greatest development in your industry in the last decade?
The greatest development has been our industry’s overall awareness of how we fit into the world's ecology along with the economy. We are clearly a healthy and all-encompassing industry. Now, sustainability, recycling and biopolymers are part of the everyday conversation. Admittedly, the plastics industry is a little behind in the publicity and education of what is possible, as well as how one thing affects another. However, there are many caring and understanding people involved at a grassroots level to build business strategies that support the issues instead of hiding from them.
How do you see the sector developing in the next five to ten years?
You will be speaking at the AMI Plastics World Expos in North America, could you give us a preview on what you will be talking about?
Bill Novak will be speaking at the AMI Plastics World Expos in North America.