News and Reviews from Industry Organizations, December 2018

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

The AMBA recently launched its newly designed website, amba.org. “We’ve been getting great feedback,” Kym Conis, executive director, says. “Resources for visitors are more easily accessible and overall, the new site is easier to navigate with mobile-friendly features. It also provides tools to assist with workforce development, which is AMBA’s primary focus.” Conis says that the site also features a new “Careers in Mold Building” page where students, parents and teachers can find useful information on careers in moldmaking, including about mold building, career paths, FAQs, testimonials and videos. Additionally, each page provides the opportunity for students to connect with an AMBA member in their geographic location. “The new site also will include new recruitment tools for members, such as grants, scholarships and videos, along with marketing materials and more,” she says. Regarding events, the AMBA will host a Plant Tour Workshop in conjunction with Plastec West on February 8, 2019 at Pyramid Mold & Tool in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The 2019 AMBA Leadership Summit is scheduled for February 27–March 3, 2019 at the Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino in St. Kitts.

The Chicago Chapter of the AMBA participated at IMTS 2018 in September by having a booth and guiding students on tours of the metalworking event. “We displayed many plastic parts, and some steel mold components to show the mold function. Our tabletop CNC machine was a hit, but many asked if it was a 3D printer,” Chuck Klingler, AMBA Chicago president, says. “Most of the students that stopped by our booth did not know what a plastic mold is or what a moldmaker is. They became very interested when we discussed how many products in their world are made from plastic! I really thought that we spread the ‘moldmaker’ image and plastics-industry work opportunities to many, many students and some parents who previously had no knowledge of the various opportunities in our industry. I felt very good about it—and rewarded! The student interest was real. How cool is that?”

Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)

CAMM Chairman Jonathan Azzopardi and Executive Director Diane Delippe report that membership in the organization continues to grow, and new corporate sponsorships also have gained in number. This was a core objective for the organization during 2018, and it will continue to be so in the coming year. CAMM is exhibiting at Automotive Meetings, the International Manufacturing Forum for the Automotive Industry, which will be held in Querétaro, Mexico, February 19–21, 2019 and is looking to have a showing of member companies there. Additionally, CAMM is working to organize a large Canadian pavilion at Plastimagen, which will be held in April 2019 in Mexico.

Representatives from CAMM will attend The International Conference and Exhibition on Reinforced Plastics (ICERP) in Mumbai, India, January 10–12, 2019. “India is becoming our focus for several reasons.” Deslippe says. “Over the past four years, we have attended the India Auto Expo with the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA). Windsor’s close affiliation with India has brought manufacturing companies from India to Ontario to meet with CAMM shops since, because of the time difference, several CAMM shops are establishing engineering facilities in India. The Canadian government is working to open up trade with India.” She adds that CAMM is taking the opportunity to gain some insight into India’s manufacturing technologies, including the different materials that they use. “ICERP also will provide the opportunity to follow up on the relationships that we are starting to formulate.” CAMM also is exhibiting at Plastico Brasil, the International Plastic and Rubber Exhibition, which will be held March 25–29, 2019. Like India, Brazil represents another avenue for widening CAMM members’ opportunities for trade and business partnerships.

The Mold Technologies Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers

The SPE Mold Technologies Division is ramping up for ANTEC 2019, which SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals produces and which will be held March 18–21, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. ANTEC is the largest and most respected technical conference in the plastics industry and features more than 550 technical and business papers, over 60 marketing presentations, plenary and keynote speakers and many networking and exhibitor events for students and plastics professionals. The Mold Technologies Division will present a session of technical papers related to moldmaking and mold design, plus host special invited speaker Matt Melonio, president of Providence Texture, who will discuss the latest laser technologies for the mold industry. Watch for updates on speakers and topics at the Division’s website.