The Association of Rotational Molders has added the word ``international'' to its name, reflecting the worldwide reach it already enjoys.
The trade group's board of directors met June 13 and unanimously voted to change the name to the Association of Rotational Molders International. The change took place immediately.
``By changing the association name we are committed to being a truly global organization,'' said Jeffrey Arnold, ARM International executive director and chief executive officer. Last year, Arnold was named director of the Oak Brook, Ill., association, replacing longtime leader Charles Frederick, who retired.
Shortly after joining ARM, Arnold said the group's leaders wanted to improve relations with rotomolding trade groups outside of the United States. Now, the directors are exploring whether to open branch offices in several counties. The U.S.-based association also is working closely with the Affiliation of Rotational Moulding Organizations, made up of eight smaller groups from Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Arnold said ARM International is helping the alliance plan its 2004 Pan European Conference, scheduled for March 21-23 in Rome.
For ARM, the international moniker is more than a buzzword. Currently, the association has more than 400 member companies from 58 countries.
``Fifty-one percent of total membership is from outside of U.S. borders,'' Arnold said. ``You don't get more international than that.''
Arnold said that by approving the name change, ARM leaders ``are really codifying what was already reality.''
David Mulligan, ARM International's president, said the association wants to be the premier organization of rotomolding worldwide. But that doesn't mean ARM is out to dominate associations in other countries.
``Our intent is not to extend the boundaries of an American organization, but to create a global platform for the benefit of the whole rotational molding industry,'' Mulligan said. He is president of Roto Plastics Corp. of Adrian, Mich.
In related news, ARM International hired a bilingual staff member, Victoria Licht, as administrative assistant. Licht, who speaks Spanish and English, recently graduated from Indiana's University of Bloomington with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and theater.