2016 Year in Review

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. 

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CMT Materials Adds New Distributor for Down Under

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

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CMT Materials Receives ISO9001:2015 Certification from TUVRheinland

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 releases new product sizing chart

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.

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CMT Calendar: May Events

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 Field Notes: Chinaplas 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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CMT Field Notes: AMI Thin Wall Packaging 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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Around the World in 145 Days

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 Expands Production to Meet Global Demand

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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Say Plastics Delivers the Need for Speed with HYTAC LPX

SAY Plastics is a contract manufacturer ISO-certified in design, thermoforming and assembly of plastic products and components based in McSherrystown, PA. The company specializes in partnering with customers to evaluate metal and FRP parts and to re-engineer them using a thermoformed plastics design that delivers big results in terms of cost savings, quality, sustainability, recycling and service.  SAY Plastics turned to CMT to provide an innovative material solution for a new, in-house tool construction. CMT recommended HYTAC® LPX syntactic foam material for the mold.