Association Update: News and Reviews from Industry Organizations, December 2019

News and reviews from the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) and Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM), and The Mold Technologies Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).


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American Mold Builders Association (AMBA)

Beginning February 2, AMBA will accept nominations for its prestigious industry awards: AMBA Mold Builder of the Year Award and AMBA Tooling Trailblazer of the Year Award. Visit the AMBA website to download and submit nomination forms. On February 7, the AMBA will host a State of the Industry webinar (free to AMBA members). AMBA Executive Director Troy Nix will break down the findings from the AMBA 2020 Business Forecast Report, the recent AMBA 2019/2020 Wage and Benefits Report and the 2020 MAPP State of the Plastics Industry Report. Register online at amba.org.

Save the date: The AMBA Conference 2020 Ready, Fire, TEAM! — will be held on April 29 – May 1, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Attendees will be focused not just on building a team, but on how building the right team the right way can lead to consistent success. The conference will kick off with a pre-conference session exclusive to AMBA’s Emerging Leaders that will focus on leadership development and roundtable discussion by functional area.

Since its last update, the Chicago Chapter of the AMBA held its Fifth Annual Supplier Night, which raised over $17,000 for its work in promoting mold manufacturing careers. In May, the chapter celebrated its second successful year awarding $15,000 in grant funding to area high schools to assist them in purchasing supplies and tools for manufacturing curricula related to moldmaking.

In addition, Chicago Chapter members continue to be very active visiting schools, participating in career fairs and hosting plant tours to promote mold manufacturing careers to students, parents, teachers and administrators.


The Mold Technologies Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

In 2019, one of the primary focuses of the SPE Mold Technologies Division (MTD) was identifying and communicating workforce development best practices. They were fortunate to receive content from several outstanding companies – including tool shops, industry suppliers and OEM-brand owners. Every company needs to develop and execute a plan to attract and retain its next generation workforce. A critical component of being an attractive destination for today’s job seeker is a strong company culture – one of employee involvement and opportunity. All participating companies have made training, recognition and employee events part of their operations. Thank you to those who allowed MTD to share their strategies: Erler Industries, A1 Tool Corporation, Incoe Corp., Dynamic Tool Corp. and Hayes Performance Systems.

The MTD also participated in two of the industry’s more prominent educational events, Amerimold and the SPE Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC). They exhibited at both shows, using their booth to engage with existing and prospective SPE members. They also had the opportunity to speak with several students walking the event who were researching the industry. The MTD also sponsored a Tech Talk at Amerimold on misdiagnosed electrical issues in hot runner systems, collaborating with Alliance Specialties’ hot runner division. They also presented at two of the ANTEC sessions and co-sponsored the In Mold Decorating Division’s networking party. This gives them an opportunity stay current and interact with peer groups.


Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)

CAMM co-presented the Fourth Annual Emerging Technologies in Automation Conference and Trade Show in September at Caesars Windsor. More than 350 delegates and exhibitors participated. During the event, Automate Canada, CAMM’s newly formed association representing automation solutions in manufacturing, and Automation Alley, a Michigan-based non-profit association that brands itself as Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding, strategically partnering the organizations for mutually beneficial economic development initiatives, including the sharing of industry best practices and other relevant projects that help promote the industry.