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  • Video Production – Scoring Means More than Taking the Shot

    Video Production Video Production

    By Clyde Sharpe President of International Sales for Elasto Proxy

    Recently, employees at Elasto Proxy’s headquarters in Boisbriand, Québec learned how to make videos. Scar Productions, a husband and wife videography team, provided expert instruction in film-making, editing, and video production. The training that Juan Pablo Adams and Natalia Solis offer is hands-on and practical – even if you don’t aspire to become a Hollywood film director. It’s also a lot of fun, as a group of us discovered while learning about everything from storyboarding and set preparation to audio editing and video exporting.

    Camera work is important, but there’s more to making a video than just taking the shot. As Juan Pablo and Natalia taught us, filmmakers need to consider how they’ll use what they shoot. Then there’s video editing, my favorite part of training and an important part of the filmmaking process. Here at Elasto Proxy, we plan to use Adobe Premiere Pro software. Adobe calls it “the ultimate toolset for video pros,” and I’m looking forward to continuing to learn about its many features.

    Technology alone won’t ensure video-making success, but it does help to have proper lighting and a good camera. Although I’m a fan of Apple products, the Nikon that Elasto Proxy purchased is a better camera than the one on my new iPhone 5. Our new wireless microphone was also a good investment, but don’t look for me to appear in a video just yet. Although I enjoy the filmmaking process, I prefer to be behind the camera instead of in front of it – at least for now.

    In the meantime, I hope you’ll visit and subscribe to the Elasto Proxy Channel on YouTube. The two videos that you’ll find there (one in English and one in French) are not ones that we shot ourselves. I encourage you to watch them, however, and would welcome your feedback. Going forward, Elasto Proxy plans to create training videos for our employees and for our customers. For viewers who enjoy unscripted performances, we may even share some bloopers and outtakes with you. So stay tuned!

  • Elasto Proxy Attends Congress of Groupement des chefs d’enterprise du Québec

    Quebec Quebec

    By Doug Sharpe

    President, Elasto Proxy

    Last week, Elasto Proxy attended a very special meeting of the Groupement des chefs d’enterprise du Québec at the Fairmont Tremblant in scenic Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Along with my wife Donna, a co-founder of Elasto Proxy, I was joined by Clyde Sharpe, our President of International Sales, at the Group’s annual Congress on November 2nd and 3rd. Created by a handful of entrepreneurs 37 years ago, the Group now includes 1800 leaders and aspiring leaders of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) from more than 235 clubs across Québec, New Brunswick, Belgium, and Switzerland.

    Doing Business in Quebec and Beyond - The Congress of Groupement des chefs d’enterprise du Québec

    As the Group’s Founding President, Marcel Bundock, explains, this innovative business network enables business leaders to “break the isolation” by connecting with peers. By sharing experiences and learning from others, SMEs like Elasto Proxy can identify best practices and gain important insights. The life cycle of an entrepreneur has multiple stages, so knowing where you stand today is the first step in planning a more profitable path toward tomorrow. Each entrepreneur has particular strengths and weaknesses, of course, so it’s critical to seek sound advice. For Elasto Proxy, the Group has been a source of wisdom.

    This year, the Congress featured dynamic speakers from both inside and outside of the Group. Anne Marcotte, the host and producer of VoirGRAND.tv, delivered an especially powerful testimonial. As Anne explains, “Few people would have bet on me. No condition played in my favor – neither studies nor an environment that helped me to go after my dreams”.  Today, however, the founder of Marcotte Multimedia regularly inspires viewers of VoirGRAND.tv with both her personal history and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.  Thank you, Anne, for participating in the Group and sharing your story!

    The Congress also met with the current and 22nd president of the Group, Lisa Fecteau, whose theme has been “See GREAT with confidence”.  By helping SMEs like Elasto Proxy to expand our vision, achieve our potential, and do great things, the Groupement des chefs d’enterprise du Québec is inspiring and empowering business leaders to embrace today’s challenges and find tomorrow’s opportunities.

  • Doing Business in Europe – Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities

    Supply Chain | Europe Supply Chain | Europe

    By Doug Sharpe President of Elasto Proxy

    During a recent trip to Europe, I asked for what I thought was cannelloni at a Flemish restaurant. Clyde Sharpe, our President of International Sales, was also feeling adventurous when he ordered a meal from a menu that neither of us could translate. We shared a laugh as I sampled a dish of salad with shrimp, and Clyde stomached slices of pizza topped with tuna and salmon. It’s good to take chances and try new cuisine, but making a decision without good information can leave you hungry.

    Unlike our dinner, the trip to Europe was planned carefully and well in advance. From Montreal, Canada, we flew first to Milan, Italy and then to Brussels, Belgium. In both countries, Clyde and I met with key suppliers and learned how the economic slowdown is affecting major manufacturers across the continent. Big companies in the chemical and automotive industries are consolidating operations and closing facilities.  This poses a challenge to the European economy, but also provides an opportunity for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME) like Elasto Proxy.

    Whenever original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) maximize their business models and reject small production runs, SMEs stand to gain new customers. Not every buyer needs large quantities, of course, and leaner suppliers can fill demand quickly. As an SME that strengthens your supply chain, Elasto Proxy is responsive and attentive to customer needs. So while some companies may worry about what OEM consolidations mean for them, we see Europe’s challenges as an opportunity.

    As Clyde and I learned, Elasto Proxy is also structurally similar to European partners who share our company’s financial stability and management experience. By listening to all of their requirements and analyzing all of their needs, we know we can find win/win solutions in these challenging economic times.

    There’s plenty of good news in Europe if you know where to find it. Clyde and I flew on Ryan Air for just 29 Euros, and we were very impressed by the customer service, speed, and reliability of the rail system. (We’re proud to help move the mass transit industry there!) So while our dinner in a Flemish restaurant was more memorable than delectable, we did learn how Europe’s economic challenges can help satisfy our company’s hunger for new business opportunities.

  • From the Elastomer Valley to International Markets

    Doing Business in Brazil

    Doing Business in Brazil

    Elastomer Valley is group of Quebec-based  companies who have joined forces in pursuit of economic development opportunities. Participants include equipment and tooling manufacturers, custom mixers, processors and suppliers, and a custom-fabricator of rubber and plastic components – Elasto Proxy.

    As a member of Elastomer Valley, Elasto Proxy supports the group’s vision of making the region North America’s second largest hub for the research, development, and manufacturing of elastomer parts and products. Close to Montréal and not far from the U.S. border, La Vallée des élastomères is the home of innovative companies and skilled workers who can compete and win both nationally and internationally.

    French Trade Delegation Visits Elastomer Valley

    Last month, Elastomer Valley hosted a French trade delegation led by Olivier Gille, Executive Manager of the Elastopôle rubber and polymers competitiveness cluster, to discuss potential business collaboration and product development opportunities. Mr. Gille was accompanied by company representatives from EFJM, providers of waterproofing solutions; SACRED, an automotive supplier; VPI-CMO, a manufacturer of castings; and the National Institute of Vocational Training and Rubber (IFOCA).

    Elasto Proxy to Join Trade Mission to São Paulo, Brazil

    Next month, Elasto Proxy will join five other companies from Elastomer Valley on a trade mission to São Paulo, Brazil. Sponsored by Export Québec and organized by the provincial government’s office in Sao Paulo, the six-day trade mission will run from November 24 to 30 and focus on elastomers, vehicle parts, and plastics. In helping Québec-based companies like Elasto Proxy to develop, strengthen and diversify markets outside the province, Export Québec offers services tailored to the needs of each business.

    Clyde Sharpe, Elasto Proxy’s President of International Sales, will participate in numerous meetings to solidify existing relationships and develop new ones. Clyde’s trip to Brazil complements Elasto Proxy’s efforts in the SME Passport program, which is also designed to help Québec companies boost exports and penetrate new international markets.

  • Elasto Proxy Shares Sealing Solutions at STIQ Buyer / Supplier Day

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    Clyde Sharpe President for International Sales

    Last week, I met with world-class buyers at STIQ Buyer/Supplier Day here in Montréal. Organized by the Sous-Traitance Industrielle Québec (STIQ), this one-day networking event connects the province’s leading integrators and OEMs with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). As STIQ Executive Vice President Normand Voyer explains, “Alone, SMEs can spend years trying to organize a meeting with a buyer”. At STIQ’s Buyer/Supplier Day, however, a Québec-based SME like Elasto Proxy can connect with a multitude of large companies in a relatively short amount of time.

    In an exercise that the STIQ compares to “speed dating”, I met with buyers from leading national and international businesses in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee. Each 15-minute session afforded me an opportunity to showcase Elasto Proxy’s custom fabrication capabilities and to describe our commitment to customers. The sample box I brought contained profiles, sheet stock, and splices made of rubber materials such as EPDM, Viton, and neoprene. But what I most wanted to showcase was how by listening to all of our customers’ requirements, Elasto Proxy provides world-class sealing solutions.

    For over 25 years, I added, our innovative company has strengthened supply chains in many different industries. So whether you need rubber and plastic products such as floor mats, profiles, trim, tubing, weatherstripping or window channels, Elasto Proxy can design and custom-fabricate the right sealing solutions for your application. Naturally, the contacts I made at STIQ’s Buyer/Supplier Day wanted to know about Elasto Proxy’s experience in their own industry. These world-class buyers represented leading businesses in aeronautics, transportation, energy, and various resources and manufacturing.

    By sharing relevant success stories, I demonstrated that Elasto Proxy has the experience, capabilities, and commitment to meet their needs. Part of our strength, I added, is that with customers in so many different markets, Elasto Proxy is not narrowly focused. Our broad application knowledge and deep technical expertise also enable us to find innovative solutions to new challenges. For example, the same anti-vibration mats that have been used in vehicles can also be used with windmills. For wind energy customers, this can provide a significant cost savings.

    On behalf of Elasto Proxy, I would like to thank Sous-Traitance Industrielle Québec (STIQ) for organizing last week’s event and providing SMEs like us with a valuable opportunity to grow our businesses. To learn more about how Elasto Proxy’s sealing solutions can meet your needs, please contact us today.  Hope to hear from you soon!

  • Elasto Proxy Earns SME Passport

    By Clyde Sharpe President of International Sales for Elasto Proxy

    SME Passport SME Passport

    Earlier this year, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and Québec International launched SME Passport, an innovative program that provides the province’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the keys to unlock international markets.  Québec-based businesses that earn an SME Passport receive $25,000 in expert consulting, including guidance on developing an export action plan. Partners for this comprehensive training and support program include National Bank, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation and its Export-Québec unit.

    As the President of International Sales for Elasto Proxy, I am pleased to announce that our Boisbriand-based company has been selected to participate in this exclusive program.  Of the 40 companies that applied for an SME Passport last June, only 15 were selected. As part of the application process, Elasto Proxy prepared and delivered a presentation describing our products and services, capacity and financial resources, and the commitment of our management team. With sales offices in Canada, the United States, and China, we also shared our current strategies for international growth.

    The breakfast roundtable that I attended in July with Megan Beaulieu, Elasto Proxy’s Executive Support Specialist, also afforded our company with an opportunity to introduce itself and to share our goals for reaching new markets in Brazil and the Middle East. The next SME Passport event will allow us to elaborate upon our export action plan and gain feedback from experts such as Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, a network of management consultants that helps companies like ours pursue business opportunities both domestically and internationally.

    For Elasto Proxy, meeting the needs of international markets is an important part of our long-term growth strategy. Although some SMEs have shed old mission statements in search of new opportunities, we plan to bring our values to the world stage. Listen to your customers – and to your suppliers. Define objectives. Collaborate to find solutions. Embrace innovation. These are the reasons we enjoy long-term relationships with our existing customers, and why we will find new ones both at home and abroad.

  • Sanitary Seals for Food Equipment and Medical Equipment

    Sanitary Seals | Food Equipment Sanitary Seals | Food Equipment

    Elasto Proxy supplies sanitary seals to the food equipment industry as well as to medical equipment manufacturers and the makers of medical assist devices. Our solutions providers understand your regulatory environment and how some plastic and rubber materials must meet requirements from organizations such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF). As your supply chain partner, we also understand that when health and safety are at stake, there’s more to business than the bottom line.

    Food Safe Seals

    For over 20 years, Elasto Proxy has designed, manufactured, and installed replacement seals for vats and tanks at food and beverage processing facilities. By listening to all of your requirements and analyzing all of your needs, our solutions providers can recommend material compounds that meet your pressure, temperature, and sanitary requirements. Food equipment suppliers also trust Elasto Proxy to design and fabricate high-quality rubber components that help keep kitchen employees safe. So whether you need rubber gaskets for refrigerators, high-temperature door seals for restaurant ovens, or protective edges for sharp stainless steel surfaces, you can count on us to provide the right sealing solution.

    Medical Seals

    Medical equipment manufacturers and the makers of medical assist devices also operate in a highly regulated environment where health and safety are on the line. As a trusted supplier to manufacturers of durable medical equipment, Elasto Proxy designs and custom-fabricates plastic and rubber parts such as medical tubing, diaphragms, and gaskets. Our capabilities also include components such as rubber seals for handicap accessible walk-in bathtubs and foam grips for bed grab handles. With the knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of doctor’s offices, hospitals, and home-health care settings, Elasto Proxy serves suppliers of dental equipment, too.

    Specialty Seals

    Earning your trust involves more than mastering food-contact requirements or the latest specifications for medical materials. To meet all of your business needs, Elasto Proxy can also supply sanitary seals that match your product’s colors. For example, if you need a rubber gasket to match the color of a medical assist device, we can source the compound from an extruder who uses pantone color matching. Our solutions providers can also design rubber seals that complement color schemes for kitchen equipment such as refrigerators, ovens, and mixers. By listing to all of your requirements and analyzing all of your needs, Elasto Proxy seals-in safety for food and medical equipment.

  • Elasto Proxy Seals Business Relationships at InnoTrans

    InnoTrans InnoTrans

    “You can’t see all of InnoTrans by yourself,” explains Clyde Sharpe, President of International Sales for Elasto Proxy, “but it was fun trying.” Spanning 60,000 square meters and covering both indoor and outdoor exhibits, the International Trade Fair for Transport (InnoTrans) is one of the world’s largest events for passenger and freight railway technology. With over 125,000 visitors and some 2500 exhibitors from nearly 50 countries, InnoTrans 2012 exceeded expectations and enabled Elasto Proxy to seal important business relationships.

    “There were opportunities everywhere for everyone,” Clyde says, noting that all of the top tier players were in Berlin, Germany from September 18 to 21. As Elasto Proxy’s lone representative, he spent most of his time visiting the booths of other exhibitors, meeting with potential suppliers and customers from around the globe. Equipped with a sample box and electronic sales presentation, Clyde learned first-hand that the railway industry likes the quality of Elasto Proxy’s splicing and compounds. Elasto Proxy’s application knowledge and custom fabrication capabilities also impressed the railway industry.

    Traveling the tradeshow floor was a big job for one solutions provider, but Clyde enjoyed the enormity of the task. “We need to build a stronger brand in Europe,” he explains, and “attending major events like InnoTrans supports Elasto Proxy’s goals for strong European growth”. The next InnoTrans event won’t be until 2014, but Elasto Proxy’s President for International Sales is already thinking about returning to the biennial trade fair as part of a larger team.

  • Green Power and the Art of Sealing

    Green Power Green Power

    Elasto Proxy designs and custom-fabricates plastic and rubber components for wind power projects. For over 20 years, our family-owned business has helped green power customers strengthen their supply chains with low-cost, high-value sealing solutions. Unlike other fabricators of industrial rubber products, Elasto Proxy is your partner in the manufacturing process. Our commitment to you begins with listening to all of your requirements and analyzing all of your needs.

    Our experience with wind energy technology means that we have the application knowledge and technical expertise to find cost-effective solutions to your sealing challenges. With customers in so many different industries, we may even suggest rubber products that have been used successfully under comparable conditions in other applications. For example, the rubber mats we’ve designed for specialty construction vehicles have been used in windmills, as have our standard rubber U-channels.

    Elasto Proxy’s custom-fabrication capabilities can also help your company to save money. For example, by applying our technical expertise, we discovered a way to cut a special angled slit for a windmill blade. This clean part requires no secondary processing and costs less to produce.  Elasto Proxy also provides wind power customers with windmill door seals and rubber gaskets, sound insulation for nacelles, and protective rubber profiles for windmill blades.

    Elasto Proxy’s experience with the wind power industry also means that we’re familiar with the sourcing and pricing requirements of government-funded green energy programs. For example, if your sealing product needs a “Made in America” stamp, Elasto Proxy can work with its network of U.S. suppliers to extrude or mold the part. With our commitment to on-time shipments, green power customers from Canada to China also enjoy a supply chain partner in Elasto Proxy.

    To learn more about us and how we can help you, please visit our website at blog.elastoproxy.com!

  • Extruded Rubber Profiles from Elasto Proxy

    Extruded Rubber Profile Extruded Rubber Profile

    Elasto Proxy produces a wide range of standard and custom extruded rubber profiles fabricated from a variety of Sealing Grade material formulations. Visit our web site at blog.elastoproxy.com for a listing of standard extruded profiles used to fabricate spliced rings, gaskets or long length bulk footage on a spool or coiled for customer fabrication. If you cannot find what you are looking for, our knowledgeable technical services team can help you to choose from our extensive line of industrial rubber products. If our catalog does not have the extruded rubber profiles you need, ask about our custom fabrication capabilities.

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