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AMBA Conference 2021 Event Recap and Recordings

Date: July 14, 2021

For the first time, the AMBA staff has compiled an Event Recap for AMBA Conference 2021, which includes summaries of all of the sessions, bio and contact information for the presenters and download instructions for all general session recordings. Recordings include:

  • Keynote presentations from Troy Nix, AMBA Executive Director, Ross Bernstein and Phil Van Hooser
  • A deep dive into Washington politics by The Franklin Partnership (AMBA's lobbyist in Washington) and the upcoming policies that impact mold manufacturing
  • A review of the economic landscape by Harbour Results, Inc. and the areas in which mold manufacturers can work on developing a competitive advantage 
  • In-depth perspectives from Benesch Law, Federated Insurance and an AMBA member company on how companies can protect themselves through various risk mitigation strategies 
  • ISO certification and its maintenance and implementation
  • A live-action view of virtual mold sampling and its benefits to the customer and the company

This publication is available to members-only. To access individual recordings and/or summaries, contact AMBA staff at 317.436.3102 or info@amba.org.

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2021 AMBA Customer Relationship Management Report

Date: June 14, 2021

More than ever, manufacturing professionals are seeing the need for new investments in areas related to sales and marketing. One area of particular interest is the use of a customer relationship management (CRM) system. For this reason, AMBA has benchmarked the use of CRM systems across three manufacturing sectors - mold manufacturing, plastics processing and rubber products manufacturing.

The final report provides executives and sales and marketing professionals with evaluations of CRM system features and overall use in these industries. CRM use has been evaluated on features offered in the following areas:

  • Prospecting and lead generation
  • Customer relationship management and database use
  • Analytics and automation
  • Investment and ease of implementation

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2021 Health and Benefits Report

Date: May 7, 2021

This year, this annual report benchmarked current benefits offered by manufacturers in three areas - mold manufacturing, plastics processing and rubber products manufacturing.

Benefits reviewed include health, vision, dental and life insurance and retirement programs. The final report includes aggregate data for all surveyed manufacturers, as well as an appendix with data specific to each industry.

Member price: $109.00
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2021 Business Forecast Report

Date: February 4, 2021

AMBA's annual 2021 Business Forecast Report showcases data on sales trends, profit levels, capital expenditures, shop and design employment levels and challenges faced in the industry. Data from this year's report is pulled from surveyed responses on 33 economic indicator questions that covers 2020 performance, fourth-quarter performance and forecasts and expectations for 2021. 

Member price: $199.00
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2020/2021 Wage and Salary Report

Date: November 18, 2020

The 2020/2021 Wage and Salary Report includes high, low and average rates of pay across over 50 job functions commonly found in mold building. This data allows industry professionals to determine their competitiveness as an employer, measure employee ROI and better understand the latest industry practices and trends.

*Please note that again, this year's report did not include health and benefits information, which will be surveyed separately in early 2021.

Member price: $129.00
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2020 AMBA R&D Tax Credit Microsurvey

Date: August 18, 2020

The AMBA organization continually examines ways to provide value to its members focusing on best practices, operational and financial benchmarking, leadership and more. As income taxes continue to be one of tool shops most significant expenditures, it is important for all AMBA members to identify areas where they can reduce their overall tax burden in order to maintain profits and remain competitive in today’s global environment. As such, AMBA’s leadership team wanted to provide members with specific data regarding an incentive that many mold manufacturers are using to reduce their overall income tax liability: the R&D tax credit.

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2020 Sourcebook

Date: May 1, 2020

The AMBA 2020 Sourcebook contains a listing of AMBA members - both mold manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. Inside, mold manufacturers are categorized by capabilities and geographic location in an easy-to-read format that provides exacting information for the type of mold and market that is needed. Whether looking for plastic injection molds, rubber silicone molds, thermoforming, extrusion dies, die cast dies and more, the 2020 Sourcebook is the place to find the best mold builders producing the highest quality tools in the world.

This order is to receive a physical copy of the 2020 Sourcebook. For members interested in receiving a free copy, please email info@amba.org. Do not click below to order.

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Non-member price: $49.00

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2020 Health and Benefits Report

Date: April 15, 2020

The AMBA 2020 Health and Benefits Report represents 66 mold manufacturers and includes healthcare and benefits information, including: 

  • Types of health plans offered
  • Cost of offering employee benefits
  • Plans and correlating contributions
  • Ancillary benefits
  • Retirement plans
  • Additional benefits

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Policies and Procedures When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Date: March 30, 2020

Compilation of policies and resources for organizations to deploy if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.

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Work from Home Policies and Procedures

Date: March 29, 2020

Compilation of policies, resources and best practices for working from home during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policies & Procedures

Date: March 16, 2020

[Working Document] March 16, 2020: In response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States and the globe, AMBA's leadership team worked to generate this compilation of policies, procedures, action plans and resources. This document includes 88 individual resources submitted by U.S. manufacturers. With over 300 pages of examples, it is the purpose of this compilation to allow business leaders and their organizations to identify best practices, share resources and understand how others are approaching the COVID-19 outbreak at their facilities. 

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Bundled: 2020 State of the Mold Building Industry Webinar and the 2020 Business Forecast Report

Date: February 14, 2020

Now offered as a bundle! For only an extra $10, receive both the 2020 AMBA Business Forecast Report AND the 2020 State of the Mold Building Industry Webinar. 

2020 AMBA Business Forecast Report

AMBA's annual Business Forecast Report showcases data on sales trends, profit levels, capital expenditures, shop and design employment levels and challenges faced in the industry. Data from this year's report is pulled from surveyed responses on 33 economic indicator questions that cover 2019 performance, fourth-quarter performance and forecasts and expectations for 2020. 

2020 State of the Mold Building Industry 

This presentation, provided by AMBA Executive Director Troy Nix, provides invaluable data such as performance, a 12-month forecast for sales, tariff updates, capital expenditures, employment levels, profitability and primary issues. This year's State of the Mold Building Industry webinar also included a presentation from Omar Nashashibi of The Franklin Partnership, who shared recent developments as they related to tariffs and their 2020 implications for mold builders.

Once purchased, a link to download the report will be automatically sent to you. The webinar link is available on the final page of the report. 

Member price: $209.00
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2020 State of the Mold Building Industry Webinar

Date: February 14, 2020

This presentation, provided by AMBA Executive Director Troy Nix, provides invaluable data such as performance, a 12-month forecast for sales, tariff updates, capital expenditures, employment levels, profitability and primary issues. This year's State of the Mold Building Industry webinar also included a presentation from Omar Nashashibi of The Franklin Partnership, who shared recent developments as they related to tariffs and their 2020 implications for mold builders.

Member price: $50.00
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2020 Business Forecast Report

Date: February 5, 2020

AMBA's annual 2020 Business Forecast Report showcases data on sales trends, profit levels, capital expenditures, shop and design employment levels and challenges faced in the industry. Data from this year's report is pulled from surveyed responses on 33 economic indicator questions that covers 2019 performance, fourth quarter performance and forecasts and expectations for 2020. 

Member price: $199.00
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2019/2020 Wage and Salary Report

Date: December 18, 2019

The 2019/2020 Wage and Salary Report includes high, low and average rates of pay across over 50 job functions commonly found in mold building, allow industry professionals to determine their competitiveness as an employer, measure employee ROI and better understand the latest industry practices and trends.

*Please note that this year's report did not include health and benefits information, which will be surveyed separately in early 2020.

Member price: $129.00
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Efficiencies in Machine Programming

Date: September 26, 2019

Understanding how to schedule jobs and maintain efficiency in any mold manufacturing facility can be critical to a business' ability to win orders and keep existing customers - both of which significantly impact the bottom line.

For this reason, AMBA surveyed its members to benchmark programming efficiency in their shops. Gathered data included workforce representation (including total employees vs. CNC programmers and setup operators), preferred programming software, shop floor programming vs. offline programming, the efficiency of certain programming methods for repeat and new jobs and recent investments in technologies and/or machines to improve efficiency. 

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New Employee Onboarding Checklists Report

Date: May 16, 2019

Because effective onboarding can play such a strong role in employee retention and overall workforce development, the AMBA recently sought to gather examples of New Employee Onboarding checklists, as well as demographic and HR policy data from U.S. mold builders.

This benchmarking opportunity sought to not only provide HR policy data, but to also give U.S. mold builders real-world examples of onboarding practices. At the end of this report, an addendum of over 20 new employee onboarding checklists and documents are included from surveyed mold manufacturers that provide real-world examples of onboarding at their facilities. These checklists provide both a benchmark for companies with an existing process, as well as a guide for those companies interested in developing one.

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Managing the Sales Pipeline Report

Date: January 24, 2019

Deciding when to hire dedicated sales personnel, whether it's time to implement automation in the sales pipeline and how each action will affect the bottom line can be a challenge for mold builders of any size. Access the information needed to make tactical decisions regarding 2019 sales strategies with AMBA's newest report, Managing the Sales Pipeline.

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Best Practices for Recruiting the Millennial

Date: November 1, 2018

Although every mold builder faces unique challenges, stalled workforce development continues to plague the U.S. mold manufacturing industry.


According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in Indiana alone, 87 percent of manufacturers indicate difficulty in recruiting young people. However, this is not due to a lack of available job opportunities. According to a recent Deloitte Insights report, over half of the potential two million jobs that will become available over the next decade in manufacturing will likely go unfilled due to a skills shortage.

To read more about how mold builders are mitigating the workforce developments facing the industry today, purchase the report below.

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