French mold maker Ermo Group has agreed to a technical collaboration with Canadian mold builder Exacad Fabrication de Moules Inc.
Exacad will act as an authorized technical center for Ermo molds in North America and Latin America. The Boisbriand, Quebec, firm also will repair and maintain Ermo molds in the two regions, a spokeswoman confirmed. On occasion, Exacad could build molds for Ermo.
Ermo is a leading producer of multicavity molds and precision thin-wall molds, the firms said in an Aug. 29 news release. The Marcille-La-Ville, France, company is active in North America and runs a sales office in Montreal.
``Establishing a technical service center for Ermo mold's repair and maintenance was imperative to our development in this part of the world,'' Yann Coquelle, Ermo's vice president of sales and marketing for North America, said in a news release. The agreement became effective in July.
Exacad should gain from Ermo's experience in in-mold closures, molds for thin-wall packaging and in-mold labeling. Exacad specializes in molds for small and medium-size technical parts, especially compact molds and high-speed molds.
``Looking at Ermo, I recognize strategic moves, an entrepreneurial structure and achievements that are in agreement with our own views,'' Exacad President Francois Tremblay said in the release.
About 70 percent of Ermo's molds are directed to packaging. The 28-year-old French firm exports more than half its output.
Exacad was established in 1995. Among its strengths are application of pneumatics to mold operations and novel unmolding mechanisms. It claims to be a leader in molds for injection molded sports helmets.