News and Reviews from Industry Organizations, March 2019

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 has been busy filling its calendar with several upcoming events and posting the details on its new website, amba.org. The organization has enlisted the services of JMVC Transitions Group LLC to present a four-part webinar series on succession planning as part of its Peer Networking program. Kym Conis, managing director, says, “Peer Networking is an AMBA members exclusive opportunity where professionals in common positions connect virtually with peers and discuss new ideas, explore methods of improvement and expand their professional networks.” Additionally, three new reports were released by the AMBA: The AMBA Wage and Benefits Report, Business Forecast Report and Best Practices in Filling the Sales Pipeline Report.

April 1 will launch the call for applications for the American Mold Manufacturing Advancement Grant (AMMA), the purpose of which is to support programs/projects that fall within three primary areas: training, advocacy/industry promotion and R&D. Conis says the AMBA has set aside $60,000 in grant money for 2019. The AMBA is accepting applications for its National Scholarship Program through April 19. Finally, the AMBA will hold its 2019 Annual Conference on May 8-10 in Itasca, Illinois. This year’s theme is Strategies. Executed. and will showcase industry trends in technology, operational best practices and benchmarks that will help attendees learn, improve and grow.

On a local level, April 10 marks the AMBA Chicago Chapter’s Fifth Annual Suppliers Night Fundraiser, which benefits the chapter’s Education Committee and its efforts to promote exciting career opportunities in moldmaking to educators, students and parents throughout Northern Illinois. Last year, the Education Committee’s Tools for Schools program granted a total of $15,000 to 12 Chicago area schools to assist them in purchasing supplies and curriculum for manufacturing programs. Chapter grants also benefited students visiting the IMTS SmartForce Student Summit by helping to offset travel costs, plus Chicago AMBA members led tours and promoted moldmaking. Outstanding apprentices from member companies were recognized at the annual Mold Your Career Award ceremony. Josh Salinas from PM Mold received a $1,000 gift card to purchase tools, while the other six nominees each received $100 for the same purpose. Schmolz+Bickenbach sponsored the event, offering a generous discount on purchases made.

AMBA’s West Michigan Chapter will host its annual Vendor Night on March 27. Like Chicago, West Michigan raises much-needed funds during its Vendor Night and at its popular golf outing that supports its own scholarship program. In 2018, $17,000 in scholarship money was awarded to deserving students. The chapter also presented eight, $500 gift cards to apprentices as part of its Tooling for Apprentices Program. The cards will be used to purchase tools for moldmaking. Dykehouse Company manages the gift cards and tool purchases and provides apprentices with a generous discount.

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

The SPE Mold Technologies Division has set its joint session with the SPE Injection Molding Division. Attendees at ANTEC 2019, which will be held March 18-21 in Detroit, Michigan, can hear about new developments in mold and molding technologies by joining the session on Tuesday afternoon, March 19, from 2-5:30 p.m. in the Nicolet Room of the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center. Check the ANTEC website for up-to-date schedules and locations. In addition, the SPE Mold Technologies Division is accepting applications for its Mold Maker of the Year and Mold Designer of the Year awards through April 30. Interested candidates should contact the Division’s Awards Chair, Wayne Hertlein, for an application form at wayneh7758@aol.com. Finally, look for the SPE at the Amerimold Expo on June 12-13 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)

The CAMM reported it has taken a significant step toward forging an alliance between the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp., the CAMM and the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India and Tools and Gauge Manufacturer’s Association of India. The organizations signed two memorandums of understanding to establish partnerships and collaborations on opportunities both globally and in the Indian market. CAMM President Jonathan Azzopardi (Laval International) told the Windsor Star, “The signing of the agreements between TAGMA, EEPC and CAMM is the first step to bringing two already successful industrial economies together to build partnerships focused on harnessing the strengths of our two industries to create a mould making superpower on a global scale.” In addition, the CAMM announced that it has established Automate Canada, which will be a separate arm of the CAMM representing companies specializing in manufacturing automation solutions. Automate Canada will be a national association based in Windsor, Ontario, Azzopardi says.