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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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CMT Calendar: May Events

Posted by CMTUpdate on 9:18 AM on April 27, 2017

If April is the cruellest month, then May might be the busiest (in 2017, at least). We'll be exhibiting at Chinaplas 2017, the world's 2nd largest plastics exhibition, held this year in Guangzhou. With HYTAC plug materials running in at least 6 different machines, we are looking forward to learning about the latest trends in Asian markets. We've taken some additional promotional steps this year with a new ad in a leading regional publication, Asian Plastics News. We will also be represented by Vulcan Plastics Technology, our new distributor in mainland China.

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CMT Materials Receives ISO9001:2015 Certification from TUVRheinland

Posted by Conor Carlin on 1:27 PM on March 9, 2017

March 8, 2017, Attleboro, MA — CMT Materials, Inc., the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of syntactic foam plug assist materials for the thermoforming industry, is pleased to announce the achievement of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard Certification.   Meeting the rigorous criteria established in the standard, CMT demonstrates and affirms its commitment to deliver quality products and to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization to meet market demands. The certification was authorized by TÜVRheinland®, a premier global provider of independent testing and certification services with 15 locations throughout North America.

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CMT Materials Adds New Distributor for Down Under

Posted by Conor Carlin on 11:05 AM on February 1, 2017

CMT Materials Announces New Distributor Agreement for Australia & New Zealand Thermoforming Markets

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CMT Ramps Up for World Thermoforming Tour

Posted by Conor Carlin on 10:12 AM on September 1, 2016

Even though September is the last month of Q3, it often feels like the beginning of Q4. Perhaps this due to the end of summer, people returning to work and children returning to school. Or perhaps it's because the tradeshow calendar is jam-packed with events, fairs and conferences. We're making preparations for multiple events on 3 continents over the next few months.

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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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Respirable Crystalline Silica

Posted by CMTUpdate on 3:23 PM on May 5, 2016

A new federal rule aimed at protecting workers in general industry from respirable crystalline silica exposure takes effect on June 23, 2018.   "General industry" includes plastics manufacturing where precipitated and fumed silica may be used in plastics as fillers, thickeners or softeners and to aid flow for certain processing needs.

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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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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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