The Association of Rotational Molders International has signed up seven new member companies, and the trade group also formed an India Division.
ARM's board of directors voted unanimously to create the India Division at their meeting June 17-18. The division's first priority will be an aggressive membership drive. ``Based on an earlier survey we sent out to approximately 80 rotomolders and suppliers in India, we believe there is a great potential for growth in this region,'' said Jeffrey Arnold, ARM International executive director and chief executive officer.
S.B. Zaman of Delhi, India, will manage the India Division. He said the membership drive began even before the official vote, with help from current ARM International members in India. ``We believe there are a large number of potential members in India,'' he said.
The India Division has scheduled two conferences, set for Dec. 5-7 in Mumbai, and Dec. 8-10 in Delhi. Roy Crawford, vice chancellor of Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, will speak at both conferences and present a technical seminar on rotomolding. In January, Crawford will become president of Waikato University in New Zealand.
Mike Paloian, president of Integrated Design Systems in Great Neck, N.Y., has agreed to give a design presentation and technical presentation at both conferences. There also will be a tabletop exhibit area for suppliers.
The Oak Brook-based ARM also welcomed these new rotomolding members:
* Albert International Inc. of Gainesville, Ga.
* Colempaques Ltda. of Cundinamarca, Colombia.
* FCI Plastipur of Reunion Island, France.
* Kleenrite Equipment of Madera, Calif.
* Nadfinlo Plastics Industry Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong.
* Walden-Hearn Kayaks of Ayer, Mass.
ARM announced one new supplier member: 493 K Ltd. of Belfast.