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.
It's been a bit quiet on the blog front these days, but rest assured we are hard at work on some new projects. In fact, we are just about to submit our presentation to the good people at AMI in advance of the Thin Wall Packaging Conference in Wheeling, IL (May 23-24). In short, we have developed new data sets illustrating the effect of plug material choice on overal material distribution. This isn't entirely novel, but what we've done in this case is link the differences in average minimum thickness to part costs and overall job profitability. In essence, we answer the question, "How much is 0.001" worth?" We're looking forward to presenting the data and getting feedback from our industry peers.
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.
What a year! 2016 has come to close and we finally have some time to exhale and look back at what was an eventful and record-breaking year.
It's that time again - Kunststoff und Kautschukindustrie 2016! Perhaps you know this event by its simple acronym instead: "K". (It's much easier to remember in English...) With over 200,000 visitors expected again this year, the triennial global event is still #1 in the plastics tradeshow calendar.
Our time in Atlanta seemed to come and go very quickly, probably because we spent most of that time talking to customers, partners and industry colleagues. We had several meetings booked in advance which usually ensures meaningful conversation, and this year was no exception. In particular, our senior materials engineer and co-founder, Noel Tessier, came back to the show to meet with Dr. Peter Martin of Queens University, Belfast. These two eminent minds have worked on several papers related to plug assists over the years, and it looks like we might have some new findings to publish in the near future. Stay tuned.
Peer references are often the most effective way of imparting credibility to something: a product, a service, a new hire, etc. In the case of the Penn College Thin-Gauge Thermoforming Seminar, the same holds true. With over 30 participants from 19 different companies, the 2015 workshop garnered some very positive reviews. Here are just a few:
Investopedia defines value-added as "the enhancement a company gives its product or service before offering the product to customers." That sounds about right to us. In the thermoforming industry, value-added can take the form of painting, bonding, finishing or assembling. Over the years, CMT has been asked to come up with some interesting syntactic solutions, though we never really proposed them as value-added. We think it's time to change that.
Once again the city of Guangzhou in Southern China welcomed the world of plastics professionals to its massive exhibition hall. Though the organizers of the K Fair (Messe Dusseldorf) insist they are not nervous, it appears that Chinaplas is now larger than K, at least in terms of quantity (if not quality) of exhibitors.