There are many options available to thermoformers when it comes to plug assist materials. Wood, Nylon, tooling board, Syntactic Foam and Aluminum are among the most popular. The top-of-the-line options being Syntactic Foam and Aluminum. Though they are both excellent products, each has its pros and cons. Understanding these characteristics can help you make sure […]
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!
The Circular Economy for plastics is moving forward in Europe, but challenges remain.
For the first time in recent memory, the AMI Thin Wall Packaging conference did not contain a single paper on coffee capsules. Perhaps this is because the consultancy has established a stand-alone conference to monitor the ubiquitous and troublesome pods (scheduled next in the US in Atlanta in March). There is still plenty of thermoforming in this sector, however, as the recent expansion of Phoenix Packaging in Virginia suggests. This year’s conference in Cologne, Germany featured a heavy focus on the circular economy and what it means for the plastics industry. To be sure, there are both opportunities and threats. But after two days of talks and debate, it became evident that the circular economy is not a natural phenomenon. Even as it gains momentum, it will require sustained, global efforts to truly disrupt the seemingly immovable forces of consumer demand and market capitalism.
Plastics & Rubber Indonesia
November 14-17, 2018
Indonesia’s premier plastics exhibition will be held at Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Indonesia. CMT East Asia Co. will exhibit the family of HYTAC syntactic foam plug assist materials for thermoforming.
More info: http://www.plasticsandrubberindonesia.com/
Kal Plastics (Vernon, CA) is an ISO 9001:2008 contract manufacturing company that manufactures an extensive assortment of heavy-gauge plastic parts for a wide variety of applications. In addition to vacuum forming expertise, the company provides a wide range of secondary operations including die cutting, fabrication, and precision 5-Axis CNC trimming and finishing.
26th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference
September 24-26, 2018
Fort Worth, TX
The SPE Thermoforming Division invites you to attend its 26th Annual Conference created exclusively by and for the Thermoforming Industry.
Network with clients, vendors and industry leaders in one convenient location! Our exhibit hall will provide you with opportunities to meet with equipment, material, tooling and service providers. The SPE Thermoforming Conference® is the most convenient and cost-effective way to learn about the Industry.
More info: www.thermoformingdivision.com
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.
Productive Plastics (Mount Laurel, NJ) is a leading plastics manufacturer specializing in heavy gauge thermoforming contract manufacturing. The company serves a wide variety of end markets including medical, automotive, signage, agricultural and transportation.
Crown Plastics (Festus, MO) is a leading supplier of plastic lighting enclosures. The company uses acrylic, polycarbonate and polyethylene to manufacture lighting components that are shipped all over the world.