Canada has a new, beefed-up mold maker's organization, the result of a partnership of the country's leading tool-building associations.
One of the group's first initiatives will be a response to the recent U.S. International Trade Commission's report on mold imports to the United States.
The Canadian Machine, Tool, Die and Mould Federation was formed Dec. 11 by the Mould Makers Council of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the Canadian Association of Moldmakers, the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association and the Canadian Pattern-Modelmakers Association. The new group has about 400 members through the partners' rosters, the federation said in a Jan. 7 news release.
The group will create a single voice to represent members on major, common issues facing the machine, die and mold industry. It will have clout to respond to trade and government issues, said a spokeswomen for the founding associations. The federation also will help the associations avoid duplication in wage surveys, training and career marketing programs, and it will boost efficiency in marketing services at international trade shows, they said.
Julie McFarlane, administrator for CTMA and CPMA, said the partners have commissioned a study of the ITC report and the group will issue a response soon.
Charmian Entine, director of CPIA's mold council, said the partners began discussions on pooling efforts in 1996.
McFarlane said the federation has no fixed headquarters yet as it completes legal paperwork.
The new federation will be funded equally by the founders and will be governed by a board with proportional representation from the founding agencies. All of the partner associations also will continue as separate bodies for their respective members.
CAMM, based in Canada's mold-making hub in Windsor, Ontario, has about 120 members. CPIA's mold council in Mississauga, Ontario, has 96 members. CTMA and CPMA in Cambridge, Ontario, have a common membership of 185 companies.