Exhibitor interview: EAS

We would like to introduce Thierry Pastor, President North America of  EAS, for our first interview of the series. They will be exhibiting at Injection Molding & Design Expo.

EAS is an innovator, designer, manufacturer and supplier of components and turnkey systems for SMED – Single Minute Exchange of Die, on plastic injection molding machines as well as on metalforming presses and die casting machines.

Their teams are dedicating to customers, helping them to build the most effective solution to increase productivity, saving costs and improving operators safety.

EAS is a global player, operating in Europe from their offices in The Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy, as well as in Asia from China, and in the Americas from its Greenville (SC) USA facility.

What do you think sets your company apart from your competitors?

As a dynamic, innovative and flexible company, combined to more than 35 years of experience, we can easily meet customer requirements. We are well-known to supply solutions when others have failed or consider it not possible.
As the originator of QMC – Quick Mold Change applications in Europe, EAS has always been at the forefront of all developments for SMED applications in the plastics industry. We think R&D keeps us ahead of competition, to always bring more to our customers.

We are owner-managed and therefore focused on sustainability and reliability. What is, in our opinion in today’s world, a key parameter to establish trust and long-lasting partnership with our customers.


Are there any new technology developments that your company is working on at the moment?

Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, IoT are no longer the future but the present. All our advanced product lines are or will soon be compatible for communicating and interacting with other equipment to help make workers and factories more efficient.

This is true for our Mold Change Devices, like Mold Change Tables and Cars, but also for our Automatic Mold Inspection Unit from EAS Mold Care Program.

From another perspective, with the new International Standard for Magnetic Clamping System, released few weeks ago, we are upgrading our state-of-the-art Pressmag series to futher enhance equipment and operators safeties.


What are the biggest challenges facing the injection molding industry today, and how can this be overcome?

The humanity has reached a point that imposes to better use the Planet resources. We have to prepare a better world for the next generations. Consumers habits have to evolve as the industry behaviour must too. Use sparingly the raw materials, increase recycling, save energy are among all the ways the industry could use to tackle this challenge.

EAS full electric efficient solutions like Magnetic Clamping System and Mold Change Devices for instance help to reduce the energy consumption and in that respect to reduce the carbon print of manufacturers.

Improving working conditions of its employees is another challenge of our industry to offer people a better life. 

Again, the automatic handling equipment that EAS offers to transport, load and clamp molds are all solutions who relieve the operators from the burden of hard physical work, increase their safety and improve their conditions by allowing them to focus on more noble and added value tasks.


How do you see the sector developing in the next five to ten years?

The demand for plastic products for automotive, packaging, electronics and construction is still growing. I see this trend to continue in the coming 5 to 10 years at least due to the growth of the population, the urbanization and the evolution of lifestyles, increasing consumption of packaged food and beverages, household equipment, personal care products for instance.

But this development comes with risks to address to keep the pace, such as reducing plastic waste.

If the plastics industry responds to these challenges, which appears to be on the right track, its future should be bright.


You are exhibiting at the Injection Molding and Design Expo, what are you most looking forward to? 

I think this show is a great opportunity for EAS to meet with multi-level representative of local companies. To explain how EAS can help them with their challenges, to be more efficient and competitive in a changing environment.