CMT Blog

CMT Field Notes: NPE 2018

Posted by Conor Carlin on 3:21 PM on May 21, 2018

Though the official numbers have yet to be released, by many accounts NPE 2018 was the biggest and best ever. 5 full days (okay, 4 full days and a slow 5th day) of new machinery, technologies, and processes, as well as myriad learning and networking opportunities on the show floor and in the multiple technical conferences (ANTEC, Re|Focus) will tire out the most intrepid of plastics professionals. 

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Topics: Thermoforming, packaging, NPE

CMT Releases New HYTAC Case Study

Posted by Conor Carlin on 1:37 PM on March 29, 2018

CMT Materials has participated in many important thermoforming studies since our founding in 1998. Working in cooperation with industry and academic partners in North America and Europe, we strive for a data-driven approach to a process that has historically been based on craftsmanship and an iterative trial-and-error approach. In this new case study, Kal Plastics of Vernon, CA, approached CMT with a thorny problem that required collaboration and patience, all while striving to meet the needs of a demanding customer.

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Topics: Thermoforming, plug assists

CMT Materials to Showcase HYTAC® Syntactic Foam Plug-Assist Materials at NPE2018

Posted by CMTUpdate on 4:55 PM on February 27, 2018


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Topics: CMT News, Thermoforming, plug assists, NPE

CMT Materials, Inc. Announces Opening of CMT East Asia, Co.

Posted by Conor Carlin on 5:53 PM on January 8, 2018

January 5, 2018 - Attleboro, MA, USA and Shenzhen, China

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Topics: CMT News

2017 Year in Review

Posted by Conor Carlin on 3:30 PM on January 8, 2018

It's been a bit quiet on the blog front over the past few months, though not because we haven't been busy. As anyone in the plastics industry will attest, 2017 was a bumper year due to low feedstock prices, strong global economic performance, and continued growth in consumer demand. In fact, a recent interview with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) suggests that we are on track to see sustained expansion in production capacity for several years. Stretching back to the K 2016 event, we have seen steady increases in orders for all HYTAC materials especially our market-leading B1X product. With all of the major OEMs reporting continued long lead times for machinery and tooling, it seems safe to say that 2018 will pick up where 2017 left off.

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Topics: Company

CMT Field Notes: IPF Japan 2017

Posted by Conor Carlin on 4:49 PM on January 2, 2018

[This blog is adapted from a report written by C. Carlin for Plastics Engineering]

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Topics: CMT News

CMT Expands Production to Meet Global Demand

Posted by CMTUpdate on 1:58 PM on September 12, 2017

ATTLEBORO, Mass., September 5, 2017 – CMT Materials, the leading provider of plug-assist materials for the thermoforming industry, has announced the expansion of production capabilities at its Attleboro, Mass. headquarters to keep pace with global demand for its leading plug-assist products HYTAC® syntactic foam.

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Topics: Company, CMT News

Around the World in 145 Days

Posted by CMTUpdate on 3:15 PM on August 9, 2017

It's been quiet on the blog front for a few weeks now, but that doesn't mean we've been sitting around at the beach all summer. Industry reports continue to show plastic packaging is on the rise, with thermoformed parts contributing to overall growth. As we pointed out in previous blogs and articles, megatrends such as sustainability and middle-class growth in Asia, in particular, are opening up new opportunities for innovative package designs that marry convenience and functionality. Of course, those packages are only optimized through the correct use of HYTAC plug assists!

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Topics: CMT News

CMT Field Notes: AMI Thin Wall Packaging 2017

Posted by Conor Carlin on 11:13 PM on June 7, 2017

Over 160 delegates recently gathered at the Westin North Shore hotel in Wheeling, IL to hear the latest developments in thin wall packaging trends. Coffee capsules continue to be a topic of particular interest to the consultants at AMI who host a dedicated conference (October 4-5 in Berlin, Germany) on the innovative but troubled little package. The world loves coffee, with Switzerland, Canada and the Benelux countries topping the tables of per capita consumption. 

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Topics: Knowledge

CMT Field Notes: Chinaplas 2017

Posted by Conor Carlin on 12:02 AM on May 25, 2017

The plastics industry’s second biggest exhibition returned to Guangzhou (pop. 14MM) in the Dongguan region of Southern China. This was the 31st Chinaplas Fair and with 13 halls and the organizers were delighted to announced a new record of 155,000 visitors, up 4.5% from last year and 21% from 2015.

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Topics: Company, Thermoforming