vote to merge groups
The board of directors of the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) and the board of trustees of the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) have voted to merge the two organizations under AIMCAL.
If approved by the memberships of both groups, the merger will create an AIMCAL organization of more than 200 member companies, with a CEMA Division focused on the interests of the converting equipment manufacturers. The organization will be headquartered at AIMCAL’s existing offices in Fort Mill, SC.
“We’re excited about the potential benefits and synergies the merger with AIMCAL will bring and believe that the strength and weaknesses of each organization are a perfect complement,” says CEMA President Matt Tielkemeier of Dri-Tec Inc., based in Milwaukee.
“It is important to note that this merger is being driven by strategic opportunity, not economic need,” comments Craig Sheppard, AIMCAL executive director.
If approved, CEMA members will become members of AIMCAL as well as the CEMA Division, and current AIMCAL members will be able to participate in both traditional AIMCAL activities and CEMA Division programs. In addition, any current AIMCAL member that is an OEM converting equipment manufacturer will be eligible to become a voting member of the CEMA Division. A single, company membership in AIMCAL is all that is needed to receive the benefits of both organizations.