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.
This week we are sending a notice to those customers who use our co-polymer syntactic foam materials: HYTAC FLX, FLXT and C1R. The text of the email can be seen below. HYTAC W, WF, WFT, B1X and XTL are not affected by this change.
Since we introduced HYVAC LCM at the 2015 Thermoforming Conference, we have had a steady flow of interest in the new mold material. The good people over at Plastics Machinery Magazine recently published a concise and informative piece on the new material. As stated in the article, we’re still limiting the number of projects until we optimize the process for making molds.
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).
Ah, December. The time of year when the days are shorter, the nights are longer, and you wonder what UPS 2-day shipping really means on the 24th. The internet abounds with lists and reviews, top 5 this and top 10 that. We’re not immune to the seductive power of nostalgia so we’re going to indulge in a wee bit of reflection on the year that was.
We are delighted to announce that our new website is live! After a few years, a little facelift was in order. The new design is crisper, cleaner with updated photos, case studies and technical guides. We know that content is king, so we continue to work on developing new white papers and case studies for both thin-gauge and heavy-gauge thermoforming applications. Let us know what you think.
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.
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.
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.
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.