A Windsor-led delegation from the Canadian mould
industry is in Argentina this week seeking ways to expand manufacturing,
export and trade opportunities in the South American region.
Pringle, director of business development for the Windsor Essex
Economic Development Corporation, is part of a small group meeting with
Argentine mould industry officials in an attempt to reach a co-operation
agreement that will allow Windsor area companies to supply tooling
"There is a great need for our moulds, machines, services
and technology," said Pringle in a telephone interview from Buenos
Aires. "But the challenge rests with current economic trade policies and
"The goal of the Argentinian government is
to build its industry from within, and we're working with our industry
counterpart here to find a way to match suppliers and customers," said
But Pringle said that government policies tend to change
on a regular basis in Argentina and it's been suggested "we wait until
Pringle said the goal of the Canadian Association of
Mould Makers (CAMM) is to reach a co-operative agreement with its
Argentine counterpart that would facilitate the flow of technology and
trade between the two organizations and among the members they
"It would help our companies expand their export
market. It would help Argentinian companies grow and develop, which, in
turn, would create more customers for Canadian companies," said Pringle.
addition to meetings, the delegation has also spent most of the week
attending Argenplas, one of South America's largest plastics industry
"It's been a hectic week, but we've made some
contacts and connections, which is the first step in developing a
relationship," Pringle said.
Representatives of CAMM and local
industries were urged to send a delegation by Luigi Arias, an executive
with Coca-Cola Argentina, following meetings last year at the Canadian
plastics industry trade show in Toronto.
Besides Argentina, CAMM is also making a concerted effort to expand its reach into more international markets.
Delegations are scheduled to attend shows in Brazil, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt and Mexico City within the next nine months.
plan to develop relationships in these markets much like we did in
Mexico starting six years ago," said Diane Deslippe, CAMM's executive
"Now we have five
member companies with a physical presence in Mexico, which benefits our
local economy through tool builds, engineering design and service
Typically, these operations service existing products that are still manufactured in Windsor.
members of the CAMM delegation include Joe Ouellette, John Hodgins and
Eduardo Garrafa of Windsor-based Acrolab, along with Selwyn Marquis,
sales and marketing manager for Toronto's Sturdell Industries.
addition to a head office in Windsor, Acrolab also has production and
sales offices in Calgary, Montreal, the U.S., Australia, Brazil and
"We're here in Argentina doing what we do best, and that's breaking new ground to make way for others coming behind us," said Ouellette.
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