There are many challenges and opportunities facing machine manufacturers, material suppliers and filament providers. Competition from large corporations and small startups have put tremendous pressure on the market leaders. New materials are available but low volumes make it difficult for compounders and filament producers to make money off their production. Convincing the consumer that a 3D printer can produce something more than just a prototype is a continuing challenge.
Speaker Biography (Steve Graham)
Mr. Graham is the CEO of a small group of plastics manufacturing companies located in New England. He is a 1978 graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Prior to venturing out on his own Mr. Graham worked for Monsanto Chemical in Springfield, MA.
He is an avid supporter of youth and education and with his wife, founded a local Educational Endowment Fund in E. Longmeadow, MA. He is a past board member of the national Epilepsy Foundation, the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation and former head coach of his local high school wrestling team. Steve and his wife Jean have three daughters and enjoy all outdoor activities from hiking and biking to gardening and photography.
Company Profile (Toner Plastics Inc.)
Toner Plastics is part of an integrated group of plastics manufacturing companies that comprise a growing team of compounding, extrusion, tool making, and injection molding operations headquartered in East Longmeadow, MA. Its sister companies include S&E Specialty Polymers, The Beadery, and Modern Mold & Tool.