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

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)

On Thursday, October 24, AMBA will host a dual Plant Tour Workshop at JMMS, Inc. (Easley, South Carolina) and MSI Mold Builders SE (Greenville, South Carolina). With a specialization in die and mold program management for OEMs and tier vendors, JMMS uses its “Plan. Do. Check. Act.” strategy to help clients improve part quality, use less material and lower cycle times for better manufacturability, while MSI Mold Builders SE dedicates itself to lean manufacturing processes, resulting in the design of accurate and durable steel and aluminum molds. Tour Workshop includes tours of both facilities, lunch and cross-talk and networking reception the evening of October 23.

One of AMBA’s primary membership benefits is the opportunity for professionals in different functional areas to connect with peers. This event, facilitated by an AMBA staff member, provides opportunities for mold manufacturers to share challenges with industry peers, ask questions and solve common problems. By joining such an expansive and energized group of professionals, members can access the AMBA community for virtual networking, without leaving the office!

Upcoming peer networking opportunities are available for Senior Leaders and HR professionals on September 11, 2019. For more information and to register, visit the AMBA website.


Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)

CAMM, in association with the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corp., continues to foster its partnership with Chhattisgarh, India. The Canadian organizations recently hosted an India Delegation Roundtable and Dinner at St. Clair College’s Centre for the Arts, where it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will allow the two geographical regions to form business relationships, share information and, in the long-term, improve economic conditions. CAMM’s Jonathan Azzopardi told AM 800 News, “We’ve signed an MoU with Chhattisgarh to be able to be able to create clusters to help them grow their initiatives and they have reciprocally agreed to help us grow ours.”  

Important events include CAMM Golf Day, which will be held on September 8 in Windsor Ontario, CAMM/Automate Canada AGM dinner, which will be held September 9 at Caesars Windsor, followed by the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation-sponsored Emerging Technologies in Automation Conference and Trade Show on September 10. For more information, visit the CAMM website.


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


The SPE Mold Technologies Division made a little history at Amerimold in Rosemont, Illinois, when it announced it was honoring the first female Moldmaker of the Year alongside another female who was named Mold Designer of the Year. Francine Petrucci, president of B A Die Mold Inc. in Aurora, Illinois, is this year’s Moldmaker of the Year while Brenda Clark, engineering manager of Hasco America Inc. in Fletcher, North Carolina, won Mold Designer of the Year (she is only the fourth woman to receive this honor). It was also the first time the SPE Division recognized two women in the same year. To learn more about the SPE Mold Technologies Division, its awards, scholarship programs and technical events, and to inquire about membership, visit the website.