Please find below the visit report provided by Robert
The day started early as we
were met by Michael Catauro of the Narmco Group for a tour of their Prince
Metal Products division. We were shown a
very diverse stamping operation which manufactures all sorts of products for
the automotive industry, from small, complex components to extremely large parts
made by progressive dies with “in-die” transfer systems. It was an extremely interesting tour and
everyone was impressed with the quality of the products and systems.
As we travelled to Mega
Mold International, our focus changed from metal stamping to injection
moulding. After being met our host David
Thibert and his team, the group was shown the production of large moulds,
mainly used in the automotive industry.
They also observed the team at Mega Mold qualifying two new large
capacity 5-Axis CNC machines that had just been delivered the previous
week. This very impressive facility has
been steadily growing since they moved to their present location just two years
ago and it is great to see how their hard work and efforts are paying off.
In the afternoon, we
continued our plastic injection moulding theme and made our way to Cavalier
Tool & Manufacturing Ltd. We were
greeted by our host Tim Galbraith who took the time to show us their extremely
impressive facility. Owner and visionary
Brian Bendig has been working on a multi-year plan to invest in the latest
technology that is available worldwide and has put together a team of skilled
employees that use their knowledge and the machine’s capabilities to produce
high quality injection moulds for all types of customers. They are currently building an expansion to
their current facility, which was well under way when we visited them. Our guests were extremely impressed to see
what the team at Cavalier is providing to their customers.
From there we travelled
back into the heart of Windsor for a tour of J & C Tool & Die Ltd.,
where we were met by our host, Richard Janik.
Richard is not only one of the owners of this company, but is a member
of the CTMA’s Board of Directors as well as being the Windsor Chapter’s
Chairman. J & C Tool & Die is a
well-established company that was started 60 years ago and is now in its second
generation of ownership. It is an
extremely busy shop building dies and machining components for a diverse
customer base. Richard showed the group
through this impressive facility which features a mix of brand new CNC machines
as well as some high precision manual machines that are still needed for custom
machining purposes. The group was
impressed with the number of try-out presses and general quality of the tools
and parts that were being processed.
The following day, Wendy
Stark met the group at the Windsor Economic Development Corporation office for
a quick tour which was followed by a tour of St. Clair College and the Ford
Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing.
May Cho, Korean Mold
Association translator, told us that the Korean delegation was very
appreciative of the kind hospitality and excellent arrangements that were made
for their visit and they learned a lot of things about high technology and the
industry in the Windsor area.
All in all, I think that it
was a very successful collaboration, where we were able to showcase some
world-class Canadian companies to Korean delegation. They, in turn could see that these companies,
many in their second or third generation of ownership, have been able to
succeed, expand and adapt to the changing world of manufacturing.
I believe that in this age
of global manufacturing it is extremely important to explore all avenues that
may help contribute to a company’s success and it is my hope that by opening
dialogue with other associations it allows conversations to begin and business
relationships to flourish.
Rob Cattle – CTMA Executive