President's Message
2nd Quarter | 2021

Dante Ferrari
AIMCAL President of the Board

 

President's Message

Hello AIMCAL members, and welcome to Spring 2021. As the weather warms up, multi-trillion-dollar stimulus bills have been passed and vaccines are finally going into arms, we can look forward to putting the lockdowns, virtual conferences, and missed family gatherings of 2020 firmly behind us. This also is a time to look forward to new business opportunities. As always, this issue of CQ is a strong mix of technical papers and market reports, which point the way toward new converting opportunities in both traditional and emerging markets.

In terms of keeping people connected, AIMCAL continues to expand online resources for its members. Last quarter, I mentioned live online Webinars as a convenient way for our members to learn about the latest technical advancements in our industry, and we continue to offer more of these. Hybrid Converting School events, which combine online asynchronous learning and live video chats with instructors, provide a wonderful, cost-effective opportunity to gain critical industry training.

AIMCAL TV and our past 10 years of conference proceedings also are great ways for our members to learn about each other’s capabilities and important technical content, anytime, anywhere. The AIMCAL SourceBook, which has been a long-standing resource to connect people in its hard-copy format, has gone 100% digital this year in two versions –a Digital Edition and an online searchable database. This is another great way for converters and end-users to easily find suppliers that will help them grow their business.

With all the hard work by AIMCAL staff to establish and gain experience with online platforms and the installation of new association management software in 2020, we are well-prepared to continue to run virtual and hybrid events in the future. However, we’re really looking forward to augmenting these offerings with in-person events later this year. Even though our virtual platform for the 2020 R2R USA Conference made it a success, we very much want to meet you all face-to-face in October in Orlando, as the R2R USA Conference co-locates with the revamped ICEC tradeshow (formerly ICE USA).

2021 is shaping up to be a great year!

Your humble servant,

Dante Ferrari
President of the Board - AIMCAL

 

GAA to combine operations with AIMCAL

The Board of Directors and membership of the Gravure Assn. of the Americas (GAA) have voted unanimously to combine with AIMCAL. The deal also has been unanimously approved by the AIMCAL Board of Directors and is expected to be finalized by Aug. 31, 2021, pending the positive outcome of due diligence activities.    

The agreement with GAA creates an organization with a common mission, organizational structure and programming; a strong financial foundation; and a total of nearly 350 members devoted to materials, products, equipment and services related to roll-to-roll (R2R) technologies such as gravure printing and coating; web handling; solution, extrusion, and vacuum web coating; metallizing; and laminating. GAA members automatically will become members of AIMCAL.    

“With the merger, GAA gains access to new partners and customers, and AIMCAL broadens its scope in the converting industry and its international presence,” says AIMCAL President Dante Ferrari. “We are stronger together. This is a good move for the converting industry and members of both groups. It also supports AIMCAL’s goal to forge partnerships with other segments of the converting industry.”    

“GAA is excited to be joining forces with an organization devoted to promoting R2R technologies and related education and training opportunities,” says GAA Chairman Luigi P. DeFlaviis, Jr. “Together we will benefit from our shared expertise in event planning; awards competitions; industry training, certification and scholarship programs; publications; technical resources; and regulatory and environmental concerns.”

GAA will become a standing committee of AIMCAL and continue to be known as GAA (Gravure AIMCAL Alliance). Its current leadership and board members will remain involved. The committee will advise on the integration of GAA activities into AIMCAL programming; organize GAA events, services and training sessions; and continue to promote the gravure process worldwide. Programs like the GAA Golden Cylinder Awards competition and virtual Basic Gravure Seminar will take place this year and will be maintained going forward, as will the GAA Website, www.gaa.org.    

“The AIMCAL Community welcomes GAA members as we work together to educate, connect and grow the gravure printing and coating segment of the R2R converting industry,” says AIMCAL Executive Director Chris Kerscher. “Our industry plays an important role in the printing and production of many critical industrial and consumer goods. Combining forces with GAA enhances our training materials and creates strong networking.” 

 

AIMCAL co-locates R2R USA Conference in Orlando Oct. 17-21

AIMCAL co-locates the 2021 AIMCAL R2R (roll-to-roll) USA Conference. The multi-track conference will be held in-person Oct. 17-21, 2021, in conjunction with the ICEC (International Converting Exhibition and Conference) USA (formerly ICE USA) at the Orange County Convention Ctr. in Orlando, FL. The R2R USA Conference will serve as the ICEC USA technical program, and AIMCAL also will present its Fundamentals Seminars on “Slitting & Rewinding” and “Coating & Drying” on Oct. 18.

“The partnership between the ICEC and AIMCAL makes it possible to attend AIMCAL’s Fundamentals courses, participate in the technical conference and tour the tradeshow—all in the same trip,” says AIMCAL Executive Director Chris Kerscher.

The expanded agenda for the annual AIMCAL R2R USA Conference features presentations on sustainability, metallizing; solution, extrusion and vacuum web coating; drying; laminating; printing; and web-handling; and applications including flexible packaging, batteries and printed electronics. Abstracts for potential papers should be submitted at www.aimcal.org by May 31.

As an added member benefit, AIMCAL hosts a Members Only Pavilion on the ICEC show floor. Members may purchase discounted booth space within the AIMCAL Pavilion by visiting www.convertingshow.com.

 

AIMCAL elects officers and directors

AIMCAL members have elected officers and board members to serve for the 2021-22 term. President Dante Ferrari of Celplast Metallized Products (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Vice President Andrew Jack of Emerson & Renwick (Accrington, Lancashire, UK), Treasurer Bob Pasquale of New Era Converting Machinery (Hawthorne, NJ), and Past President Milan Moscaritolo of Rol-Vac LP (Dayville, CT) were re-elected.

Sarah Williams of Sputtering Components (Owatonna, MN) joins the Board as a director-at-large, replacing Ginger Cushing of Nordmeccanica NA, Ltd. (Hauppauge, NY). “We’d like to thank Ginger for her six years of service as a director and for continuing to chair the Women’s Leadership Committee,” says AIMCAL Executive Director Chris Kerscher.

Five directors-at-large were re-elected for 2021-22: Joe Heinemann of Rayven, Inc. (St. Paul, MN); Joseph Perdue of Eckart America Corp. (Schererville, IN); Kevin Sopczak of ShapedWire/Leggett & Platt, Inc. (Solon, OH); Michael Sullivan of MTI Polyexe Inc., an Inteplast Group Co. (Brentwood, NH); and Greg Williams of TC Transcontinental Advanced Coatings (Matthews, NC). 

 

AIMCAL SourceBook 2021-22 goes all-digital

The annual AIMCAL SourceBook has been published in an all-digital format for 2021-22. The cross referenced directory of members may be accessed via the AIMCAL Website, www.aimcal.org, under the Resources menu.

Users may view a digital print edition or a searchable database, which enables identification by company name, business description, capabilities and/or location. 

 

AIMCAL adds to Hybrid Converting School and live Webinar schedules

In response to the demand for more digital learning opportunities, AIMCAL has expanded its schedule of Webinars and live online Converting School courses. Hybrid Converting School courses feature one week of live online instruction for two hours each day (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET). These public sessions allow participants to interact with instructors, ask questions and support group discussions.

The cost per course is $699 for members and $899 for nonmembers. Check the AIMCAL Website, www.aimcal.org, click on Education, for the latest Converting School course schedule. 

Other educational opportunities such as live Webinars are available to members and non-members. From the AIMCAL Website, www.aimcal.org, click on Events, then select Webinar Schedule. 

 

AIMCAL gains seven new members

AIMCAL’s wide-ranging member resources and international scope have attracted seven new members since the last issue of CQ. With two of the newcomers based outside the United States, the group’s global presence and impact continue to grow.

Airtech Advanced Materials Group (Huntington Beach, CA): Family-owned business manufactures fluoropolymer and polyamide films. Offerings include various widths, thicknesses, constructions and colors. (714-899-8100)

Chemsultants® International, Inc.(Mentor, OH): Founded in 1986, this family-run contract manufacturer offers coating, converting, and assembly services, pilot coating (various methods), consulting and lab testing. (440-974-3080)

Delphon (Hayward, CA): Through its Gel-Pak®, UltraTape® and TouchMark™ divisions, this producer of polymer and adhesive materials serves the semiconductor, photonics, medical and aerospace industries worldwide. (510-502-5345)

ETI Converting (Longueuil, Quebec, Canada): At this equipment manufacturer’s technical center, narrow-web labelstock and p-s labeling converters can experiment, develop, improve and benchmark products and costreduction methods. (450-641-7900)

Holostik India Limited (Noida, India): This specialist in anti-counterfeiting solutions supplies security holographic products for brand protection and visual enhancement of packaging. (+91-9818683282)

Mactac (Stow, OH): Founded in 1959 as Morgan Adhesives Co., the firm manufactures and distributes p-s adhesive materials for label printing, graphic design, packaging, retail display and more. (800-762-2822)

Twin Rivers Paper Co. (Madawaska, ME): Integrated specialty paper company produces packaging, technical, label and publishing papers. Specialties include greaseresistant paper. (203-273-9428)

 

AIMCAL Women’s Leadership Committee Member Profile:

Andrea Glawe
Regional Sales Dir., KROENERT GmbH & Co. KG

Describe your current line of work and what interests you the most about it:
I have been working for almost 20 years in the coating-machinery business, and as the sales director for the Asia-Pacific area at KROENERT I cover a big and important market. The machinery business in the coating and converting industry is very technical. One needs to know the machine, which is more engineering knowledge, but also the customer product, which is more application and chemistry knowledge.

My background is Textile Technology and Process Engineering at the Technical University of Chemnitz, and with that I’m fascinated from the versatility of our markets and applications. Furthermore, I love to meet with people from all around the world, and I love to learn about different cultures. The combination of both, my technical enthusiasm and my networking, is the greatest aspect of my job.

What areas of the R2R processing field are the most exciting now and into the future?
Sustainability and circular economy are the keywords right now in most industries we serve. For instance, paper with recyclable barrier coating instead of PE extrusion is one of the big topics in packaging. At KROENERT, we always are focusing on supporting new market trends and take responsibility for our environment, too. Besides following product trends, we are looking for how to optimize our machines and make them more efficient.

Did/do you have a female role model or mentor in your career and what was this experience like?
Unfortunately, I have never had a mentor in my career. I always had to find my position in a man’s world. KROENERT maintains a very open culture, and we are open-minded in relation to gender equality. But in international business, I very often struggle with ancient gender roles. Being the only woman in technical discussions sometimes is challenging.

What career advice can you give to women coming into the field to help assure their success?
Find your way, never give up and be proud of what you do. Competence is independent of gender. Take advantage of the increasing number of women working in all fields of business groups like our AIMCAL Women’s Leadership Committee and create your own powerful network.