September 13th, 2012 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We will be visited by Patrick Oltmanns, CEO of ClickFold Plastics for our September general meeting. Patrick’s company and services will assist the invention knowledge for the group on the subject of prototyping and short run manufacturing. His company is local and he will be bringing many samples to share with the group in person.
– Grew up in Kenya while his father worked for the U.N.
– Served in the German Army as a helicopter mechanic
– Studied mechanical engineering in Germany
– Took on a technical sales and project management role for a plastics machinery manufacturer (Barmag AG)
– Moved to Charlotte in 1995 to become the sales manager for their U.S. subsidiary (American Barmag)
– Completed Wake Forest’s Charlotte MBA program in 1999
– Started ClickFold Plastics in 2000 after negotiating a license agreement with a German company to use their technology
Click Fold Overview
– This “mold-less” technology uses CNC machining and CNC line-bending to make plastic parts without the need for molds or fixtures
– The business model targets buyers of prototypes and small volumes who need custom designs on a budget
– The technology also targets buyers who anticipate frequent design changes
– Added digital printing capabilities in 2010 to further eliminate the need for silk screens
– Recipient of a NC workforce development grant in 2011
– Surpassed 1 million in annual sales in 2011
– Sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House
– Sponsor of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program
Patrick Oltmanns, contact data
1-866-649-8665 x 701
As usual at our meetings, we will be networking amongst the group. Whatever stage that your current project is in, feel free to bring prototypes, finished products, sales sheets or anything else that you would like to get an opinion on from the group. Bring business cards and make connections. (keep in mind that showing somethings could compromise the protection of that project)
At the last meeting we ran out of time before Brian could collect the questionnaire from July’s meeting. If anyone that filled this out could bring it to the September meeting it would be appreciated.
Always remember to invite friends or business associates which would benefit from INotC. Collectively we have a deep wealth of knowledge as a group. Invite other inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, financiers, professors, manufactures and anyone else that would enjoy the process and business of product development. Knowledge is power!!