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R&D/Leverage comes to K
with new owners, big plans
By Steve Toloken
Plastics News Staff
Mold maker R&D/Leverage Co.
came to K 2022 under new management
that has big plans.
The U.S.-based company was
acquired in September by Adler
Industrial Solutions Inc., as part
of that fi rm's rollup in the tooling
industry, and offi cials are looking
for the K show to help bring that
platform to market.
Omaha, Neb.-based Adler was
formed in 2021 and has bought
three toolmaking companies in
the last year, with the purchase
of Lee's Summit, Mo.-based R&D
being the largest.
The head of Adler said the company
wants to keep expanding the
platform.
" We are looking to expand our
overall capabilities so that we can
service large companies that most
likely have multiple different types
of product lines, and we can service
them ... under one umbrella, "
said CEO Philipp Gruner. " Instead
of having one mold maker for LSR
[liquid silicone rubber], one for 2K
[two-component injection molding],
one for blow molding, one
for custom injection and whatever
else they need, they know they go
to Adler and qualify Adler. "
Besides R&D/Leverage, which
also has a mold making factory
in the United Kingdom, Adler has
made two other purchases. It acquired
Shorts Tool & Mfg. Inc. and
Rapid Mold Solutions Inc., both in
the U.S., and now has about 320
employees.
Gruner, whose family emigrated
from what was then West
Germany to the United States in
1984, said the company plans to
acquire more companies. Outside
the U.S. is a defi nite possibility,
he said.
" I think down the road, I would
love to have one in Germany, given
that I'm from there, " he said.
" The language barrier would not
be an issue. "
But market and customer needs
drive their acquisition strategy,
he said.
Gruner said the company is balancing
competing forces.
The strong U.S. dollar hurts
American exports, so it helps that
the company acquired a U.K. tool
shop in the R&D/Leverage purchase
and has that to offset the
strong dollar.
But there's also been a solid
trend toward having more manufacturing
in the U.S. to reduce
supply chain risks, Gruner said.
" I believe that the onshoring
within the United States is going
to accelerate, " he said. " One thing
that COVID has highlighted is the
fact that a country can no longer
rely on the long supply chains
that we've had in the past. The capability
to manufacture, especially
critical tools, domestically will
only accelerate and I think will be
here to stay. "
We are
looking to
R&D/LEVERAGE CO.
Hall 5,
Booth A25
expand our overall
capabilities so that
we can service large
companies that
most likely have
multiple different
types of product
lines, and we can
service them ...
under one umbrella. "
Philipp Gruner
R&D/Leverage Co
Robert Schiavone of R&D/Leverage, left, and Adler Industrial Solutions
CEO Philipp Gruner. Plastics News photo by Bridget Janis
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