Next month, CMT Materials will be participating in the annual National Hands-On Thermoforming Workshops at Penn College in Williamsport, PA. As a supporter of the program and of thermoforming industry, we are pleased to present new developments in syntactic foam plug assist materials for both heavy gauge and thin gauge thermoforming.
CMT participated in the 5th annual National Hands-On Heavy Gauge Thermoforming Workshop at Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) in Williamsport, PA. As in previous years, CMT supported the workshop with presentations on syntactic foam plug assist materials and a product demo.
Penn College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
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.
It’s usually at this time of the year when you realize how quickly time has passed. Shorter days and longer nights coupled with planning and forecasting for 2015 mean that 2014 is starting to appear in the rear-view mirror. That said, we aren’t finished just yet with our calendar of events for this year.
Last week CMT participated in the 2014 Plastimagen exhibition and conference at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. Due to widespread protests in the capital, attendance at the event was mixed in the sense that there were several pronounced lulls in activity. Organizers and exhibitors felt that the demonstrations led to traffic problems which caused disruptions to schedules. That said, the buzz for thermoforming at the show was generally positive and many attendees arrived late in the evening (the show hours were 1pm – 8pm). Through conversations in different booths and in the hallways, there was a sense that Latin American demand has been pent-up during 2014. Many processors talked about new projects for 2015 that should unlock the potential for more machinery, tooling and equipment.
The City of Cologne in Germany is renowned for its famed “Dom”, the imposing cathedral with twin spires that managed to survive Allied bombing during World War II. During the month of December, the city is also known across Europe for its “Weihnachtsmarkt” or Night Christmas Markets. With locals and tourists milling around temporary outdoor structures containing everything from wintry clothes to local cuisine to hot mulled wine (“Gluhwein”), the spirit of the season arrives at the beginning of December. It is also the time of year when around 200 packaging professionals gather at the Maritim Hotel for the annual Thin Wall Packaging Conference.
Those of us blessed enough to live in the Northeast or Midwest US are enjoying a wonderful blast of Arctic air, just to remind us that cozy fireplaces and holiday cheer are now a thing of the past… Out with 2014 and into 2015 we go.