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It’s time to wind down for plastics manufacturing leader

It’s time to wind down for plastics manufacturing leader

One of New Zealand’s most inspiring and influential leaders in the manufacturing sector is taking his first step towards retirement after 47 years’ service to the industry.

Ray Pryor is the technical director for Hamilton-based leading high-precision technical moulding company Millennium Plastics Ltd. He recently dropped his hours back to start a well-deserved semi-retirement.

General Manager of Millennium Plastics, Tony Rutz, said for those who have had the pleasure of working with him, Pryor’s knack for design have made an everlasting impact, and his contribution to the plastics manufacturing industry in New Zealand and overseas is unparalleled.

“Ray is someone who earns the respect of his colleagues and friends, and it is an absolute pleasure to have him as part of the Millennium Plastics Ltd team,” he said.

Pryor’s keen eye for design and conceptual thinking skills are what he’s renowned for in the industry and where he excels the most.

Elected by his peers he has been an active professional member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand for the past 22 years, specialising in product design.

He has also provided strong leadership and support to his peers throughout his career, setting up and leading the Waikato Branch of Plastics New Zealand in 2007 where he has served as an executive member for the past eight years. He was invited onto the National Executive of Plastics New Zealand where he was National President from 2010-2012.

Pryor also set up and chaired the Waikato Engineering Careers Association at WINTEC, and joined the National Executive of Plastics New Zealand where he was President from 2010-2012. He only recently stepped down from the National Executive, and remains on several committees including the Plastics Centre Advisory Board, the Training Committee and Environmental Committee.

He was elected as a lifetime member of Plastics New Zealand in 2014.


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