2018 Is a Big Year of Events and Opportunities for Moldmakers

Originally titled '2018: A Big Year '

A positive projection in growth and spending from Gardner Intelligence is timed with NPE, Amerimold and IMTS, MMT’s 20th anniversary milestone and the 15th anniversary of MMT’s annual Leadtime Leader Awards competition.

Happy New Year! Gardner Intelligence reports growth opportunities for mold builders this year and beyond and even notes specific future spending plans on technology (see the related feature, 2018: Long-Term Opportunities Abound). This positive projection in growth and spending is coincidentally timed with what I call the trifecta of trade shows: NPE, Amerimold and IMTS

These upcoming events will help make 2018 a big year for moldmaking, in terms of big opportunities to learn and grow. With NPE taking over Orlando in May, Amerimold moving into Detroit in June and IMTS occupying Chicago in September, both the metalworking and plastics side of mold building will have the spotlight. What a perfect and powerful opportunity to research equipment and processes and to learn about new business prospects. And, MMT will be right there with you and for you, as we cover each event in print, online and live

MMT will celebrate its 20th anniversary! It was exciting when we launched the magazine 20 years ago, and it is still an exciting time for the industry. We are honored to celebrate this milestone with you, and we look forward to many more years.  

On top of this (and of special, personal importance to me), MMT will celebrate its 20th anniversary! It was exciting when we launched the magazine 20 years ago, and it is still an exciting time for the industry. We are honored to celebrate this milestone with you, and we look forward to many more years.  
 
I recall sitting at a table with founder Joe Prischak and then partner Gary Orfe back in 1997, planning out the mission and focus of a magazine dedicated to the unique challenges and complexities of mold manufacturing. This industry, which is utterly dependent on accurate, repeatable and efficient technologies throughout the design and build stages, was so worthy of a publication of its own. So, after much research, the premier issue hit the streets in April 1998. In this year’s April issue, we are excited to revisit the people, companies and topics that filled the pages of MMT’s first six issues. However, you do not have to wait until April to see anniversary coverage. Beginning this month, take note of our 20th anniversary emblem throughout the issue, which identifies original MMT supporters. 
 
Last, but certainly not least, 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of our annual Leadtime Leader Awards, which continue to grow in industry importance and prominence. Our running list of winning shops demonstrates the value of the honor to businesses and their employees. During Amerimold this year, we will feature a panel of past winners who will share their best practices for continually raising the bar in mold manufacturing. Mark your calendars for June 13–14 today!
 
We hope you will join us in celebrating the good news and our milestones not only by continuing to read MMT and by attending Amerimold, but also by sharing your ideas and feedback throughout this special year. Feel free to drop me an email at cfuges@gardnerweb.com, or call 513-338-2187. 
 

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