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The Association of German Tool and Moldmakers (VDWF) promotes and supports especially small and medium-sized enterprises in the German tool and mouldmaking industry. In this context, the association regularly organises international study and delegation trips.
A recent trip took the 20-strong VDWF members' delegation to North America. The itinerary from Canada (Toronto, Ontario) to the USA (Buffalo, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago) took in numerous exciting programme items and visits. Up to the point where the delegation arrived at their final destination – the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago – they met up with numerous injection moulding companies and tool and mouldmakers.
Right at the start of the trip, the delegation was invited by HASCO CANADA to the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery. Here, David McDonald (HASCO Technical Sales Engineer Ontario) and Jay Fidorra (HASCO Technical Sales Engineer Northeast US) first gave a presentation on the company and then provided insights into the tool and mouldmaking markets of Canada, Mexico and the USA. VDWF President Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Seul was visibly impressed by the HASCO brand, the international activities and the opportunities open to tool and mouldmakers.
The working part of the meeting was supplemented by a visit to the winery and distillery of Canadian ice hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky. Just as "The Great One" is regarded as one of the best ice hockey players of all times, the wines and whiskies produced here also enjoy a reputation for being good and sophisticated. After a guided tour through the distillery, the delegation was able to sample the fine and, in some cases award-winning whiskies. All the participants will no doubt retain fond memories of this meeting in its legendary surroundings which marked a sign of the good and close cooperation that exists between the VDWF and HASCO.