Staying Strong

As a result of the challenging times the moldmaking industry has faced during the past 10 years, network-ing has become a means to staying strong. Establishing and maintaining relationships with people in your industry is key to survival and growth.

How does one maintain strength of mind and body? Well, regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, continuous learning and a solid network of support including family and friends, are a few keys to staying strong. The same can be translated into maintaining strength within a business: a regular preventive maintenance plan as well as the use of metrics to keep your shop in check; a well-balanced strategic plan involving technology investment and sound business practices; an environment of continuing education; and having a solid network of employees, peers, suppliers and customers.

We all know we can accomplish a lot more with others who share our goals and beliefs rather than going it alone, and in business that is essential. And as a result of the challenging times the moldmaking industry has faced during the past 10 years, networking has become a means to staying strong. Establishing and maintaining relationships with people in your industry is key to survival and growth. There is strength in numbers. And we’ve seen that time and again, most recently with the various collaborative efforts among mold manufacturers that have been established.

Last month I attended the American Mold Builders Association (www.amba.org) national convention, where in an intimate setting I was able to meet and get to know better a group of moldmakers and suppliers in our industry—on both a business and personal level. Amidst the seminars and mingling, issues were discussed and ideas were shared that everyone will bring back to their shops, and me back to the pages of MMT.

Another upcoming networking opportunity for you is the MoldMaking Expo (MME) later this month, which is a three-day event dedicated to your industry. It’s your show and its purpose is to prepare you for your future in this industry—with a technical conference program and exhibits dedicated to technologies and strategies for better mold manufacturing, not to mention the return of our casino night party.

MME attracts registrants representing active, influential titles at OEMs, molders, suppliers, distributors and moldmakers. Some of the top attending companies (molders and OEMs) with which you will be able to network and to whom you can sell your services, include representatives from the automotive, medical, packaging, aerospace and industrial industries. Some of the top exhibiting companies from which you can see the latest technology to help improve your mold build process are showcasing their wares in components, mold materials, machine tools, cutting tools, design and engineering software and hot runners.

For full show details visit www.moldmakingexpo.com and register today to attend seminars, walk the show floor and m

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