Exhibitor Interview: David Bolland, President/CEO, Plymouth Foam LLC

Plymouth Foam HeadshotWe are delighted to have Plymouth Foam joining us in Novi, MI next March, so we thought it only appropriate that we got in touch with the company CEO/President, David Bollard to shine a light on the company’s current manufacturing objectives.

David has been with Plymouth Foam for 16 years.  Prior to Plymouth Foam, Plymouth WI, David led the marketing efforts for Bemis Manufacturing in Sheboygan, WI. After starting at the company as the Director of Marketing, David was later asked to become President and CEO in 2005, leading to his buying of the company 4 years ago. In addition to driving technology within Plymouth Foam, David's marketing sensibility promote brand and enterprise value.  This witnessed by creating and launching the Plymouth Foam Airehide® brand in addition to the Airpop® (EPS) brand launch in North America.

Which customer or market demands were the biggest drivers of your company's growth during the past three years?

We’re very diversified.  We continue to diversify with the sole purpose of continuing to provide more value to our customers we continue to broaden our materials, process and new ideas in the market.  This is our biggest driver for growth.

Do you anticipate that those demands will continue to be your biggest growth drivers for the next three years, or are you anticipating new trends?

Yes, those demands will continue and we are always pivoting as the climate changes and new opportunities approach however, we stay focused on strategy and execution to meet our current and future customer needs.

What are your areas of R&D focus, and what timeline do you anticipate for bringing your next new products to market? Can you tell us anything about those products?

Our R&D focus has been and will continue to invest into new technology, capital equipment and automation.  And you need to have things in the funnel that are revolutionary as well as function to support the operation.  We view our focus as an extension of our customers R&D needs for their growth. 

What new trends do you anticipate and what market demands do you see evolving/changing over the next 5 years?

New trends and market demands changing over the next 5 years will be the disruptive technologies.  It’s from supply chain models like Amazon to the evolution of health care.  Technology will rapidly change how we administer healthcare using sensor technology and apps.  Some of these trends will extend to our markets as well as our manufacturing operations and our new product development.

What would you say are the key challenges and opportunities currently faced by the industry?

The ability to balance all of the program and projects that we are presented with.  And we will need to continue to work strategically toward our vison for growth.

What is your company's approach to strategic partnerships or joint ventures, and what kinds of partnerships are you most open to exploring?

At Plymouth Foam, we are very known for developing and cultivating strategic partnerships and joint ventures.  The partnerships that we are most open to exploring are connected to our strategic initiatives for growth.

What products will you be featuring at the show this year and what response are you expecting?

We are featuring our depth and breadth of process and materials to meet and exceed the diverse needs of our customer and markets.  Our customers tell us that they appreciate how we can meet their needs applying technology and great people. 

Why are you exhibiting and what connections do you hope to make there?

We are exhibiting to continue to support the niche that Foam Expo offers across different products which open the dialog for collaboration among different categories.

Thank you to the Foam Expo organizers for continuing to grow this conference and trade show for our industry!

Plymouth Foam, LLC will be exhibiting at Foam Expo North America 2020 at booth 1940