The Oak Brook, Ill.-based trade group that represents rotational molders continues to underscore the global aspect of its business.
The Association of Rotational Molders International held the annual conference of its fledgling South Asia Region Division from Feb. 14-16 in Noida, and confirmed that its new Latin American Division will hold its first conference April 30-May 2 in Miami.
Timed to follow the Plastindia trade show in New Delhi, the SARD conference drew about 150 participants from all over the world. The speaker list alone involved presenters from Norway, Australia, England, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Canada and the U.S.
SARD has nearly 70 member companies, and that number is growing, said Jeff Arnold, ARM executive director.
Arnold stressed that ARM is pushing domestic programs and membership, but ``groups are coming to us'' from all over the world, wanting to get involved.
Before the recession hit in 2000, ARM had 469 members. Financial pressures industrywide caused that figure to tumble to 389 members two years ago, but membership is back on the rise, now standing at 428.
Arnold said he has had talks with the rotomolding division of the China Plastic Processing Industry Association in Beijing, but ``various hurdles'' will prevent a China division. Still, it may be possible to affiliate with a group, he said, noting China has perhaps 50 rotomolding companies that might qualify for membership.
ARM will hold its fall meeting Nov. 5-7 in Washington, and its spring meeting April 14-18, 2007, in Las Vegas. Next year's fall meeting is slated for Detroit, and ARM has tentative plans for its Rotoplas trade show and conference to return to Chicago in 2008.