2019 Annual Meeting
October 27-30, 2019
Hilton Americas Houston
The Association of Rotational Molders brings together hundreds of rotomolders and their suppliers to learn from one another, troubleshoot, and network.
Molders call our Annual Meetings "the most informative conference" they have ever been to and they report that solving one problem can pay for the meeting registration many times over. First time attendees report they were "made to feel very welcome" and the meeting is "exceptional for me in meeting key players in the industry."
Registration online here. Sign in for the best member price. Contact ARM staff if you need to reset your password.
Sponsorship opportunities are now on sale. Don't miss this opportunity to set your company apart, raise brand awareness, provide additional value to rotomolders, and support the rotational molding industry.
For full details: Download Sponsorship and Exhibition Packet
Please contact Staff if you don't see the sponsorship you're looking for or if you would like to bundle sponsorships.
BOOTH SPACE IS SOLD OUT-contact staff to get added to the waitlist.
Join the following exhibitors:
Brilliant Solutions Management Partners
Diversified Mold & Castings
ExxonMobil Chemical Canada
Norstar Aluminum Molds
Rock Lake Robotics
Wenling Rising Sun
Schedule of Events
Sunday, October 27
|8:00am – 10:00am||Forums and Programs Committee Meeting|
|8:00am - 5:00pm||Seminar: Rotomolding 101 in Spanish|
|8:30am - 2:00pm||Houston Space Center Tour|
|9:00am - 4:00pm||Houston Texans vs Oakland Raiders Football Game|
|10:00am – 12:00pm||Promotional Committee Meeting|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Committee Member Lunch|
|1:00pm – 3:00pm||Process Optimization Committee Meeting|
|3:00pm – 5:00pm||Education Committee Meeting|
Monday, October 28
|7:00am||ARM 5K Run|
|8:00am – 12:00pm||Seminar: Design for Rotomolding|
|8:00am – 12:00pm||Tour: ExxonMobil Technology Center|
|1:00pm – 2:30pm||Keynote Speaker and Meeting Kick Off|
|2:45pm – 7:00pm||Exhibit Hall|
|6:00pm – 7:00pm||Cocktail Reception (in Exhibit Hall)|
Tuesday, October 29
|7:00am – 8:00am||Group Breakfast (in Exhibit Hall)|
|7:00am – 8:00am||First Time Attendee Breakfast|
|7:00am - 8:00am||Supplier Breakfast|
|8:00am – 9:30am||General Sessions|
|9:30am – 10:10am||Networking/Coffee Break (in Exhibit Hall)|
|10:10am – 10:50am||General Sessions|
|10:50am – 11:15am||Networking/Coffee Break (in Exhibit Hall)|
|11:30am – 2:00pm||Spouse Tour: Best Bites Houston|
|11:15am – 12:00am||Workshops|
|12:00am – 1:30pm||Annual Meeting Luncheon|
|1:30pm – 2:15pm||Workshops|
|2:30pm – 3:15pm||Workshops|
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Coffee Break|
|3:45pm – 4:30pm||Workshops|
|6:30pm – 7:30pm||Reception|
|7:30pm – 9:30pm||Dinner & Awards Presentations|
|9:30pm – 11:30pm||After-Party sponsored by Jerico Plastics|
Wednesday, October 30
|7:30am – 8:30am||Group Breakfast|
|7:30am – 8:30am||Past Presidents Breakfast|
|8:30am – 10:00am||General Sessions|
|10:00am – 10:30am||Networking/Coffee Break|
|8:30am – 11:15am||General Sessions|
The hotel is located in Houston's bustling downtown area just steps from Toyota Center, Discovery Green Park, Minute Maid Park and BBVA Compass Stadium. The Bayou Place entertainment district includes the Bayou Music Center, Alley Theater, Jones Hall and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. There are also added amenities of two restaurants, a lobby bar, Starbucks and a full-service spa and health club, all under one roof.
ARM's discounted rate is $227/night with some upgrades available. You can book your room here. Please book by September 25.
Keynote: Patrick Schwerdtfeger
Patrick has been a full-time professional speaker since 2007. He got his start after his “Beyond the Rate” podcast (focused on mortgages and the real estate industry) gained popularity in 2006. During the subprime ‘mortgage meltdown’ (2007) and ensuing financial crisis (2008), he was interviewed regularly on mainstream media and soon began speaking at business events and conferences. He covered developments in the collapsing financial markets and, before long, spoke about the burgeoning field of podcasting and social media as well.
Today, Patrick is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain. He’s the founder of Trend Mastery Inc. and host of the Strategic Business Insights video blog. Trend Mastery is a strategic consulting agency, identifying a world of transformational opportunities, and Strategic Business Insights has over 25,000 subscribers and five million views on YouTube. Patrick works as an independent business analyst, following emerging technology use cases and sharing his insights with clients around the world.
General Sessions & Workshops
A selection of general sessions are announced below. More general sessions and a full list of workshops (smaller group presentations allowing Q&A) will be announced soon.Industry 4.0 Will Rotomolding Be Left Behind?
Eric Maziers (Total) & Johan Portagent (AMS Belgium)
The Industry of the Future 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, will certainly change manufacturing. This is a real industrial revolution with the arrival of Automation, Predictive Maintenance, and Big Data. The fourth industrial development is coupled with major changes in the world: energy, environment, organizational, and societal interests. The human will be at the very center of this industry with a new role: Digital will be between machines and workers. New jobs will be created and training will be strategic in organizations. It’s an amazing opportunity for the rotomolding industry to enter a new age to bring new opportunities: innovation (process and resin developments, new kinds of studies), competitiveness, productivity, customer focus, service focus, a factory networking suppliers and clients, high flexibility, a clean plant oriented to sustainability, an automatized plant to get rid of hard work for people. Let’s have a look to see if the rotomolding industry can enter soon into the industry of the future 4.0.
Alternative Materials in Rotomolding Today
Ron Cooke (ExxonMobil Chemical Company) & Ron Joannou Jr. (Formed Plastics Inc.)
This workshop will provide rotomolders with an understanding of materials other than polyethylene that are successfully being used in rotomolding operations today. Discussion will include the attributes molders are looking for in their parts and which materials may work for them.
Hidden Costs Only Front Line Personnel See and How Making Toast Can Find Them
Ken Bather (Hedstrom Plastics)
This workshop is an interactive program using the Shingo Prize-winning Introduction to Continuous Improvement & Lean Principles video combined with actual rotomolding plant operations. A great first step to having your front line operators tell you where your hidden costs are lurking. This workshop is the icebreaker to get over the initial hump of the “we’ve heard it before” attitude by making a relatable link between something everyone can actually relate to and the often unrelatable process of Lean Continuous Improvement. It nails the 7 wastes by showing how to find them with real rotomolding operation examples and gives you the opportunity to take the information back to your team. Introduce or reinvigorate lean concepts to your shop floor production team without onerous terms, paperwork, or oversight. This is a simple way for the hidden talents of your team members to shine through and save you money and lost margins.