2021 SPE Thermoforming Conference: Grand Rapids After a year of shutdowns, speculation and doubt, the thermoforming industry converged on Grand Rapids, MI for its bi-annual SPE Thermoforming Conference. In a normal year, the SPE conference serves as an opportunity to network with industry colleagues or perhaps see the unveiling of new products. This year however, […]
In March of 2020, the Coronavirus Pandemic hit the U.S. and changed life as we knew it. Face masks, social distancing, curbside pick-up, and food delivery became the new normal. As businesses were forced to close while Shelter-in-Place orders were issued, CMT remained open and operating above our average production level.
Why? Because we were classified as an “Essential Business”. But what makes CMT Materials “essential”? Read more
CMT was delighted to participate in another great SPE Thermoforming conference, held this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Individual seminars were informative and well attended. With the unfortunate absence of Mark Strachan, we applaud the last-minute presenters that had the unenviable task of filling Mark’s shoes. Although Mark was deeply missed, the conference and adjunct presenters were spectacular in providing good information, making for productive seminars for all those in attendance.
CMT would like to recognize Ian Munnoch of MSA Components for the honor bestowed upon him as the 2019 SPE Outstanding Board Member of the Year. Ian was also one of the SPE members that gave a last-minute presentation on the science behind plug assist material and geometry.
A large swathe of the world’s plastic industry will arrive in Guangzhou, China in the month of May. Chinaplas is the second-largest plastics trade show and has the numbers to prove it, with over 180,000 visitors expected this year. CMT will be exhibiting in the US Pavilion, Hall 9.2, K-01 along with our partners at CMT East Asia. HYTAC materials, however, will be omnipresent in thermoforming booths across the entire show floor. European and Chinese machinery manufacturers will be displaying HYTAC B1X, FLX, FLXT and XTL plug assists for a variety of thermoformed products.
33rd edition of Chinaplas
May 21-24, 2019
China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou
We hope to see you there!
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.
AMI, the organizers of the Thin Wall Packaging Conference, chose the city-state of Singapore as the forum for their first foray into South East Asia. As a key member of the Association of South East Asia Nations(ASEAN), Singapore boasts some impressive statistics: #1 investment destination in Asia, #2 most competitive city in the world, and #3 in GDP per capita (IMF data). According to Bloomberg, it’s also the ‘least miserable’ nation in the world, cold comfort for foreign visitors getting used to high prices for food and drink. The former British outpost is now a glittering global financial powerhouse and a hub of trading activity for the region, so it made sense to host a regional conference here. With just under 100 attendees from 25 countries, the maiden event attracted suppliers and processors primarily from Europe and Asia, with only two attendees from North America.
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has presented Noel Tessier of CMT Materials, Inc. with its lifetime achievement award. The honoree was selected by the Division’s Executive Committee, and the award was presented to Mr. Tessier on September 27, during SPE’s Thermoforming Awards Dinner in Schaumburg, IL. For the full press release from SPE, please visit the official website here.
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.
Though the official numbers have yet to be released, by many accounts NPE 2018 was the biggest and best ever. 5 full days (okay, 4 full days and a slow 5th day) of new machinery, technologies, and processes, as well as myriad learning and networking opportunities on the show floor and in the multiple technical conferences (ANTEC, Re|Focus) will tire out the most intrepid of plastics professionals.