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EDITOR'S NOTE: This Web Watch is devoted to online resources for the mold-making industry.
American Mold Builders Association — www.amba.org
The 25-year-old association of more than 400 U.S. mold makers now offers a searchable members directory on this site.
Irish Moldmaking Corp. — homepage.tinet.ie/imc
IMC serves as the global marketing arm for a consortium of eight Irish mold makers.
Moldes Portugal — www.portugal.org/doingbus/buy ingfrom/madein/molds/chp1.html
This section of the Portuguese Trade Commission site is chock full of trade data and background information about the country's 260-company mold-making industry. See also the site of Centimfe (www.centimfe.com), Portugal's technological center for molds, special tooling and the plastics industry.
Mould Makers Council of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association — www.plastics.ca/cmould.htm
The Mould Makers Council is one of 10 CPIA business units highlighted on this broad-based site.
National Tooling & Machining Association — www.ntma.org
NTMA's meaty site provides a searchable database of member companies, plus much additional industry information on markets, business forecasts, education and training, quality standards, etc.
SPE Mold Making & Mold Design Division — www.4spe.org/
This unit of the Society of Plastics Engineers currently has only a single page with basic contact information.
Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry — www.faxnet.com.tw
TAMI offers this online directory (in both Chinese and English) that includes Taiwanese mold makers and plastics machinery suppliers.
Tooling & Manufacturing Association — www.tmanet.com
Founded in 1925, TMA has grown into a 1,500-member nonprofit organization of precision metalworking, plastic molding and supplier firms in the Chicago area. This site offers a searchable members database, career and training information, quoting opportunities and more.
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