2nd Quarter | 2021
AIMCAL President of the Board
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
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
2021 is shaping up to be a great year!
Your humble servant,
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
“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
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,
“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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.