2018 Annual Meeting
Hotel Bonaventure Montréal
October 21-24, 2018

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Special Events ● Presentations ●Hotel

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.”


Register online or download the PDF form.

Annual Meeting registration includes activities on October 22, 23 and 24 (general sessions, exhibition hall, workshops, committee meetings, awards dinner, after-party, etc.). The cost is $795/member. Rotomolders who pay full price for two attendees will receive a $150 discount on each additional attendee. Contact staff for the coupon code. Early bird cut off is September 14. All registration prices increase $100 type after this date.

Annual Meeting & Seminar includes all above plus discounted registration to either seminars on October 21. The cost is $1,040. Rotomolders who pay full price for two attendees will receive a $150 discount on each additional attendee. Contact staff for the coupon code.

Seminar Only includes registration to either seminar: Controlling the Interface between Process & Materials in Rotomolding on October 21 or How Good Design can Improve our Products on October 22. The cost is $465/member if you are not attending the Annual Meeting.

Spouse registration includes access to exhibit hall and exhibit reception, the gala, awards dinner and after party. The cost for spouse registration is $225, which is ARM's cost. All tours are an additional fee.

Members of Associations that belong to ARMO in their home country are entitled to the member rate and should contact staff to register.

Sponsorships & Exhibits

Sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space are now on sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to set your company apart, raise brand attachment, provide additional value to rotomolders, and support the rotational molding industry.

Click here for complete sponsorship and exhibition information. Almost all sponsorships include a complimentary booth space (an $850 value) — so please review the menu. 

Please contact Staff if you don’t see the sponsorship you’re looking for or if you would like to bundle sponsorships.

Sponsoring companies will be given priority exhibit space followed by non-sponsoring companies in the order their contracts are received.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 21
8:00 am – 10:00 am Forums and Programs Committee Meeting
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Promotional Committee Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Committee Member Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Process Optimization Committee Meeting
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Education Committee Meeting
8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Seminar: Controlling the Interface between Process & Materials in Rotomolding (Dr. Gareth McDowell and Dr. Nick Henwood)

Monday, October 22
7:00 am ARM 5K Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Seminar: How Good Design can Improve our Products (Martin Spencer) 
8:45 am – 12:00 am Optional Walking Tour of Montreal
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote Speaker Mike Abrashoff and Meeting Kick Off
2:45 pm – 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception (in Exhibit Hall)

Tuesday, October 23
7:00 am – 8:00 am Group Breakfast (in Exhibit Hall)
7:00 am – 8:00 am First Time Attendee Breakfast 
8:00 am – 9:30 am General Sessions
9:30 am – 10:10 am Networking/Coffee Break (in Exhibit Hall)
10:10 am – 10:50 am General Sessions
10:50 am – 11:15 am Networking/Coffee Break (in Exhibit Hall)
11:00 pm – 2:00 pm Optional Spouse Food Tour
11:15 am – 12:00 am Workshops
12:00 am – 1:30 pm Annual Meeting Luncheon
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Workshops
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Workshops
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Coffee Break
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm Workshops
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner & Awards Presentations
9:30 – 11:30 After-Party sponsored by Jerico Plastics

Wednesday, October 24
7:30 am – 8:30 am Group Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:30 am Past Presidents Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:30 am Suppliers Breakfast
8:30 am – 10:00 am General Sessions
10:00 am – 10:30 am Networking/Coffee Break
8:30 am – 11:15 am General Sessions
11:30 am – 3:30 pm Optional Tour to Rotoplast (Quebec Rotomolder)

Presentations & Presenters

Keynote Speaker - Monday Afternoon
Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Mike to become Commander of USS Benfold. At the time he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet – on a ship that was plagued by low morale, high turnover and abysmal performance evaluations. Few thought that the ship could improve – yet 12 months later the ship was ranked #1 in performance – using the same crew. People were amazed and the lesson was clear – leadership matters and culture is everything.

In many ways, the USS Benfold was an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today. That’s why dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company have cited Mike’s story as an inspiring lesson for business. Leaders especially identify with Mike’s being accountable for the results in an environment where he couldn’t make the rules.

Mike is clear, “I didn’t turn the ship around – my crew did that. What I did was to reinvent my leadership style and create an environment where they felt safe, empowered and supported. When they came to me with a problem, I’d say ‘It’s your ship – how would you fix it?’.” Mike focused on the one thing he could influence: his crew’s attitude, because culture is the ultimate competitive weapon for any organization. Mike’s solution was to establish a set of management principles that he calls The Leadership Roadmap. At the core of his leadership approach on Benfold was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion, and engaging the hearts, minds, and loyalties of workers with conviction and humility. "The most important thing that a captain can do is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew. The idea is to empower every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence.” By every measure, these principles achieved breakthrough results. Turnover decreased to an unprecedented 1%. The rate of promotions tripled, and the crew slashed operating expenses by 25%. Regarded as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for having the highest degree of combat readiness. This remarkable change was accomplished by the same crew.

Mike is author of three books. His first, It’s Your Ship, has sold over one million copies. Its message is timeless: don’t use outside forces that stand in your way as excuses – control the things you can influence and amazing results will happen. His next books, It’s Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together, showed how these principles have been put into action by business leaders in their own organizations.

Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Mike served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. He also helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf in 1990, coinciding with Iraq's invasion of Kuwait; and served as the Executive Officer of the Cruiser Shiloh, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.


ARM will conduct a full-day seminar from 8 AM - 5 PM on Sunday, October 21 and half-day seminar from 8 AM - 12 PM on Monday, October 22. For those attending the Annual Meeting, seminars are an additional fee of $245 per seminar. If you're attending only a seminar and skipping the meeting, the cost is $465/member per seminar.

Full Day Seminar (Sunday, October 21)-Dr Gareth McDowell (493K Limited) and Dr Nick Henwood (ARM Technical Director)
Controlling the Interface between Process & Materials in Rotomolding: This full-day seminar will explore, in depth, the way in which materials and control interact during the rotomolding process.  The presenters will demonstrate how the best way to make good parts consistently is to properly understand and fully control both important aspects. The content of the seminar will cover both basic and advanced elements of each subject, so this course will be suitable for attendees with a range of existing knowledge and understanding.  Coverage will include molding and controlling non-standard material combinations. During the day, there will be a significant element of practical demonstration, using a desktop rotomolding machine to illustrate concepts in real time.  There will also be multiple opportunities for discussion and participation in the program by attendees.

Half Day Seminar (Morning of Monday, October 22)– Martin Spencer
How good design can improve our products: A practical look at how good well thought through design can help improve our quality, operator efficiency and ultimately our profitability. It will look at practical examples of how product and tooling design along will well thought through production procedures can completely change the perception of a rotomoulded product in the market place. Participants would be encouraged to discuss their own ideas and solutions.

General Sessions & Workshops

A selection of general sessions have been announced before. More details and a full list of workshops (smaller group presentations allowing Q&A) will be announced soon.

Product of the Year Case Study – Centro Inc.
Centro will present a case study of the Intimidator GC1K, a side-by-side utility vehicle with eleven rotomolded parts, which won the Product of the Year Award in 2017.

Company Profile and Case Study – Rotoplast
Quebec Rotomolder will share a case study and profile their company on the occasion of their 20th anniversary.

Sustainability Case Studies from a Roto Perspective – Bill Spenceley, Flexahopper Plastics 
Learn tips and trends on solar power, general sustainability, and energy savings.

Accessible Operator Training for Rotomolders – Dru Laws
This presentation will review ARM’s Operator Training Program, ARM’s 2018 series of webinars, and will include video highlights.

Global Rotomolding: Current State-Future State – Paul Nugent
Rotomolding continues to flourish around the world with active associations on all six continents. This paper takes a look at recent activity and developments as well as looking at some areas of interest going forward.

DTH (Direct Tool Heating) Presenting a world of possibilities – Martin Spencer, UniqueRoto
How the new machinery with DTH will change the face of rotational moulding over the next few years, opening up new opportunities for designers and material suppliers. These changes offer both great opportunities and threats for the industry. The presentation will look at several case studies to illustrate possibilities for new applications with this technology.

Motion Control Optimization of Rotational Molding: Rethinking Rotational Speed and Considering the Powder Flow Trajectory -- Jonathan Adams, Queen's University Belfast
This presentation will introduce new findings in mold orientation and speed methods as follows:
1. Powder Flow Trajectory (Path) -- By lifting the restriction of constant speed ratios, a mathematical approach can be used to provide a better trajectory for the powder to follow. This approach defines a path which uniformly covers a mould surface. By rotating the mould, so that the powder bed flows through this path, it is predicted to provide the mould wall with a more uniform time in contact with the powder bed over the cycle. This, in turn, is expected to improve the wall thickness uniformity.
2. Rotational Speed -- Does altering the speed throughout the heating cycle, to maintain an optimum powder flow regime, improve the cycle time? Experiments completed analysing powder flow under uni-axial rotation show that savings of up to 25 seconds of the heating stage can be achieved by altering the rotational speed throughout the heating stage to maintain a circulating powder bed.

Polymer Ambassador – Dr. Nick Henwood
The British Plastics Federation, a UK-based industry body, has launched a scheme to directly counteract negative perceptions of plastics in young people.  The Polymer Ambassador program has recruited a group of volunteer practitioners to go into schools to explain and demonstrate some of the more positive aspects. The presentation describes the basics of the Polymer Ambassador scheme, to illustrate how easily it could be adapted for use in other countries.  It is based on providing children with on a series of hands-on demonstrations and experiences in plastics-related areas.

How Pennsylvania College of Technology Serves the Rotomolding Industry – Brennan Wodrig, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Explaining PCT’s rotational molding center of excellence training, research projects, and past scholarship funding. Learn how PCT can serve as a key contact for finding new employees (operator to technical engineer) with hands on experience and any training or research needs.

New ways for a practical simulation of rotomoulded parts -- Christian Kehrberg, IPT Wismar

Effects on dry-blend color performance of color loading, resin and pigment type and mixing intensity – Henry Hay, NOVA Chemical
A six-sigma study on the incorporation of dry-blend pigments into rotomolded parts. The effects of resin type, pigment loading, pigment types and mixing intensity on cold impact strength are described. Theory of why dry blending affects impact properties, and rules of thumb for retaining maximum impact strength are shared. Attendees will get an understanding of the risks and mitigation strategies of dry blending color, to avoid catastrophic loss of impact strength.

Assessing Regional Rotomolding Growth: Actual and Potential – Peter Mooney, Plastics Custom Research Services

Vacuum Molding with Electrical Heated Molds - John Ratzlaff
This case study will focus on the attributes possible with electrical heated molds, vacuum, layers and material options. Rotomolders will learn the value in new technology in machines, processing and materials.

Special Events

ARM Inagural 5K (Free)
Monday, October 22 7:00am

All attendees and spouses are welcome to join ARM President, Dru Laws for a casual 3.2 mile run through Montreal. Many members have been running together during ARM meetings and we decided to make it official, including tec-shirts. Please note, it will be chilly during the run so please dress in layers. All skill levels and paces are welcome, this is just for fun and everyone is encouraged to take part.

River to Mountain Walking Tour of Montreal ($60/person)
Monday, October 22 8:00am-11:00am

All attendees are welcome to register for this private walking tour of Montreal that takes you through 6 different neighbourhoods from Old Montreal to the top of Mont-Royal park.  Learn how Montreal came to be the modern city it is today, visit various neighbourhoods from historical Old Montreal, surprisingly green Downtown Montreal, picturesque McGill University and more. Admire countless public art works & new urban park installations, and marvel at the city's diverse architecture. Explore part of the 33+km long underground city network and find a piece of the Berlin wall and walk the carefully crafted urban path connecting the St-Lawrence river to the peaceful forested Mont-Royal park.

This tour does not conflict with the general sessions. All attendees are welcome. Please dress appropriately for the weather, this tour is outdoors.

Old Montreal Food Tour ($80/person)
Tuesday, October 23 11:00am-2:00pm

This 3 hour guided walking tour brings you on a culinary voyage through Montreal’s most historical district. We walk through European style cobblestone streets to 5 different tasting locations In between food tastings we visit historical sights, learning about Montreal’s culture and history in a fresh, local way. Stops include:
Crew Café: A one of a kind experience, we enter one of Montreal's most historic banks and enjoy a delicious smoked salmon bagel at Crew Café and coworking space.
Cookie Stéfanie: This local gluten-free baker serves us their personal favourite treat, gluten-free carrot cake.
Taberna: This modern Portuguese eatery serves us a Montreal classic with a decadent twist: fries, gravy, Portuguese chicken and choriço.
Bistro Les Soeurs Grises: A brewpub named after Montreal's historic Grey Nuns, here we savour local beer along with smoked duck breast and local sausage.
Soupe Soup: Experience a Québécois classic, “pouding chômeur”, and learn how this desert represents so well Quebec's culinary culture.

Note: This tour conflicts with ARM events and is designed for retirees and spouses.

Tour of Rotoplast ($65/person)
Wednesday, October 24 afternoon

Take a tour of local rotomolder, Rotoplast. The plant is a 1 hour drive from the hotel, transportation and lunch will be provided. Check back soon for more details.

Gala, Awards Presentation, After-Party
Tuesday, October 23 6:30pm-11:30pm (included in registration)

Join us to celebrate the achivements of our members during this themed party. Following awards, continue the celebration with our after-party, complete with band, open bar and other fun activities sponsored by Jerico Plastics.


In the heart of downtown Montreal, The Hotel Bonaventure Montreal is a true urban oasis. Located over the top two floors of the Place Bonaventure, a 17-storey commercial and business complex, the hotel combines the benefits of a working environment and a resort. An architectural gem in terms of judicious space planning, All rooms at the hotel have an ergonomic work area and free high-speed Internet access. Energise in the outdoor heated pool all year round surrounded by 2.5 acres of beautiful gardens or sample one of the chef's creations at the Kube Restaurant.

The Hotel Bonaventure  Montreal is a true Garden of Eden overlooking the bustling streets of the city. Connected to the underground city, Central Station and the business district, Old Montreal, and major attractions, this hotel is the perfect place for your next stay in Montreal.

ARM's discounted rate is $229CAD/night. The cut-off date is September 20, prices and availability cannot be guaranteed after this date. You can call the hotel directly at 514-878-2332 or toll free at 1-800-267-2575. You can book online here. Note, the link may not work in Internet Explorer but should work in all other browsers.


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