Plastics Engineering Consulting

Principal Consultant – Mark Hanlon

Mark Hanlon Portrait

Personal statement:

It is surprising to find that I have now been in this industry for over forty years. Time flies when you are enjoying yourself, and it is still a business I am passionate about. I enjoy the continuous innovations in product development and materials and processing technologies. I still get a “buzz” out of helping to bring a product from someone’s raw idea or concept through to a fully commercial, functional item.

The Business

The consultancy was formed in 1992 to primarily service the plastics industry and clients of the plastics industry. The consultancy provides the opportunity for me to apply an advanced level of plastics technical knowledge in combination with an unusually broad background in the plastics industry. I invest regularly in travel to maintain both my technical knowledge and industry contacts, and have also developed strong supplier relationships in several Asian countries.

My background and interest in technical training in the industry has resulted in demand for services in qualifications design and training systems development, lecturing, and training resource development.

When I originally joined the plastics industry, I trained and studied plastics engineering over four years before being appointed to a production management role for two years. Subsequently I was awarded a two year Government Scholarship to the United Kingdom for more advanced full time study and work experience. Following my return to New Zealand I worked in senior technical management roles for medium to large plastics manufacturing companies over 15 years. These roles regularly gave me in depth exposure to leading edge technologies in the plastics industry, and subsequently the confidence to form this technical consultancy.

More recently I have become involved in the governance of commercial and not for profit organisations. This Board level experience has broadened my understanding of strategic planning, risk assessment, and financial oversight.


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Ritemp Evaporative Mould Cooling Technology


Purging Compounds for the Plastics Industry 


Injection Mould Hot Runner Technologies 


Process Control Technology for Mould Filling


Luen Shing Mould Factory Ltd, Hong Kong and China



Member of:

PCN – Plastics Consultancy Network
(based in Europe)

British Plastics Federation

Plastics New Zealand.