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CMT Field Notes: Chinaplas 2016

Posted by Conor Carlin on 11:13 AM on May 9, 2016

This year marked the 30th edition of Chinaplas, "Asia's No.1 and the world's No.2" plastics trade show. The event was back in Shanghai this year (it alternates between Guangzhou in southern China and Shanghai) and with 148,000 visitors over the 4-day period, it was definitely a highlight on the industry calendar. According to the show daily, about 150 countries and regions visited the show with the majority (68%) coming from China. The international pavilions were dominated by the Germans who displayed a wide range of machinery, materials and ancillary equipment.  Discussions from the event reveal that German thermoforming machinery suppliers are landing large, multiple machine orders in both China and Taiwan. Not to be outdone, the Italians also secured large orders during the show.

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Where does all that HYTAC go?

Posted by Conor Carlin on 4:22 PM on May 6, 2016

We recently celebrated some company success and in doing so, we took stock of our global market reach. Data visualization is a big thing these days, so we decided to have a crack at it ourselves. The geographic distribution of HTYAC plug assist materials is far and wide, all from our modest home in Massachusetts. Thanks to our long-standard support of the thermoforming industry, strong relationships with toolmakers and thermoformers, and our global network distributors, HYTAC materials are being used on all (?) 6 continents

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CMT Europe Moves to Bigger Building

Posted by Conor Carlin on 9:35 AM on April 7, 2016

On behalf of our colleagues in Europe, we are proud to announce that CMT Europe BV has just moved to a new, larger building (click here for map of new location).  Since the opening of the Netherlands operation, we have seen tremendous growth thanks to the dedication and hard work of Luc and his team. Full inventory, custom-cut capabilities and same-day shipping ensure that CMT Europe continues to deliver maximum customer service across the European continent.

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Evolved Thinking vs. The Status Quo

Posted by Conor Carlin on 10:00 AM on April 5, 2016

When I was about 10 years old, I knew a lot about geography. I memorized capitals of countries, read the atlas and looked up at map of the world beside my bed every night that was given to me by my grandfather. When I was 13, I was selected to take a geography test to see if I would qualify for The National Geographic Bee, a national competition. The results came back, and I was off to the state capital to compete. Unfortunately, I didn't make it beyond the first round after missing questions that were well outside my area of expertise. On the long drive home, I was painfully aware that geography was a much larger field than the color-coded countries and political boundaries that I knew so well. 

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CMT Field Notes - 2016 European Thermoforming Conference Review

Posted by Conor Carlin on 4:34 PM on March 22, 2016

Our friends in Europe certainly know how to organize a conference. Of course, hosting the event on the Catalan coast of northern Spain provides plenty of incentive for people to attend. This year was the 10th conference sponsored by the European Thermoforming Division of SPE. With a record 245 attendees from 27 countries, it was an international affair covering topics such as 3D printing, recycling, in-mold labelling, and creative design. A strong academic presence also ensured that the math geeks in the audience got their fair share of computer-based simulation models related to sheet temperature control, a subject that is central to the science of thermoforming.

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CMT Field Notes: 2015 European Thin Wall Packaging Conference

Posted by Conor Carlin on 4:54 PM on December 8, 2015

This year marked the 10th anniversary of AMI’s Thin Wall Packaging Conference in Europe. What started as a small gathering with only 48 people in 2005 is now an important industry event that consistently draws over 200 delegates. Brand owners, resin suppliers, converters and OEMs from both sides of the Atlantic are drawn to the city of Cologne to hear the latest developments in materials and processes for thermoformed and injection molded thin wall packaging. With conferences already established in Europe and North America, AMI is expanding to Southeast Asia next year with a new event in Singapore (September 20-21).

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CMT Field Notes: Early Thoughts from NPE 2015

Posted by Conor Carlin on 11:52 PM on March 24, 2015

We have just wrapped up the first 2 days of NPE 2015 in Orlando, Florida. With almost 60,000 attendees expected, the halls and booths at the show are buzzing with activity. Our booth has been a hive of activity with customers and partners from all over the world coming by to talk about the finer points of plug assisted thermoforming as well as other tooling materials for thermoforming.

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CMT Field Notes: 2014 Thermoforming Conference

Posted by Conor Carlin on 4:12 PM on September 18, 2014

The unofficial count of attendees was right around 800 in the Renaissance Schaumburg Conference Center Hotel for the 2014 SPE Thermoforming Conference. With almost 70 people in the thin-gauge seminar on Monday, CMT presented new information on plug materials and processing techniques, as well as discussing some early results from recent trials with clarified PP at uVu Technologies in Boca Raton, FL. We will publish our data in the near future - stay tuned.

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What is this mark on my thermoformed part?

Posted by Conor Carlin on 10:34 AM on August 27, 2014

We all know about the variables involved in thermoforming: sheet quality, machine configuration, ambient air temperature, mold design, plug material & geometry, sheet temperature, etc. And we know that there is science behind each of these items. So even after checking everything and documenting everything, why do we still see parts that have to be rejected?

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CMT Field Notes: Chinaplas 2014

Posted by Conor Carlin on 3:04 PM on April 28, 2014

CMT recently exhibited at Chinaplas 2014 in Shanghai. With over 130,000 visitors and 3000 exhibitors, this year's event was the biggest yet. According to some exhibitors, this show could become second only to K in terms of attendance and importance for the plastics industry.

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