The suppliers’ showcase allowed many of the equipment, materials and services companies present at the PMA meeting to show their wares to attendees. Sarah Houlton reports
Many of suppliers showcasing their products were also keen to point out that business is going well, including Kent Grove, sales manager for hot cast in the eastern region for Polycoat.
His company supplies hot cast pre-polymers as well as cold cast room-temperature castables, plus sprayable polyurea for applications such as truck bed linings and the mining industry. ‘Business isn’t bad, and the processors out there seem to be a little more optimistic about 2017 compared to previous years,’ he said. ‘Business has picked up.’
Business is also good at machinery manufacturer Trico Poly Systems, having picked up a lot in the past year or so. ‘We are pretty busy,’ said engineer Joe Matos. ‘We have had a couple of upgrades to some of our machines for cast elastomers. It is modular, so customers can buy just what they need’ and a lot of clients still make up batches by hand, he added.’ Upgrades include pressure sensors and flowmeters on some of the equipment, as well as better temperature control.
Listen and modify
‘The metering pumps still work so we won’t change it just for the sake of it!’ he added. ‘We listen to customers about their problems and make modifications – customer feedback is very important. Some have old machines from the 1970s and we…