Fifty-two years and 300 members later, the organization has grown tremendously. However, under the leadership of executive directors Colleen Liederbach, Craig Sheppard, and Chris Kerscher, the growth has been thoughtful and intentional with the aim of continuing the organization’s mission. In 52 years, AIMCAL has created an online membership database, partnered with industry experts to host hundreds of courses and talks, and led conferences in Amsterdam, Munich, Prague, Dresden, Orlando, Louisville, Cascais, Portugal, and Daejon, South Korea. In addition, several organizations have merged with AIMCAL, including the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association, European Metallizers Association, and the Gravure Association of the Americas.
"When people need a reference in the world of coating and converting, I point to AIMCAL!” says Mark Miller, founder of Coating Tech Slot Dies, LLC. “The AIMCAL team carefully curates relevant topics to be presented by top industry authorities to ensure they consistently offer an exceptional base of technical resources. The depth of this information is unmatched by any other organization."
What’s next for AIMCAL? Kerscher wants to double the membership, create even more opportunities for member education, and recruit younger professionals who will become lifelong members of the roll-to-roll converting industry.