The Association of Rotational Molders International is looking to start a Latin America Division, following the success of its division based in India.
ARM has created a 12-member advisory group of rotomolders in Latin America, from Mexico, Brazil and other countries in the region. They will hold their first meeting during ARM's Rotoplas trade show and fall meeting Sept. 18-21 in Rosemont, Ill.
``We are using the same formula that we used for India,'' said ARM director Jeffrey Arnold.
ARM formed the India Division last year. Arnold said the group, with about 60 member companies, has been renamed the South Asia Region Division to reflect its broader base that now includes Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The division continues to be based in Delhi, India.
Meanwhile, Oak Brook, Ill.-based ARM is gearing up for its September events in Rosemont. Arnold said the association expects between 1,500 and 2,000 people to attend the Rotoplas '05 show, Sept. 18-19, and about 500 should attend ARM's fall meeting, Sept. 20-21, to hear presentations, see a product competition and honor the 2005 inductees into the Rotational Molding Hall of Fame.
Another attraction will be a technical conference held by the Society of Plastics Engineering's Rotational Molding Division. This is the first time SPE has collocated a conference. The program, to be held Sept. 18-19 at Rotoplas, features developments in product design, emerging materials and manufacturing, followed by a panel discussion of original equipment manufacturers, product designers and molders.
``We felt [SPE] could provide a stronger technical program for us,'' Arnold said. ARM expects 150-200 people to attend the SPE conference.
ARM had 415 members at the end of last year, Arnold said. In June, the group announced 10 new members.