Thermoforming

Thermoforming giant Jack Elmer Pregont dies at age 85

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2015

Jack Elmer Pregont, founder of Prent Corporation, one the largest thermoforming companies in North America, died April 17, 2015, at age 85. According to his obituary in the Herald Tribune, Pregont's "interest in plastics started in the basement of his parents' baker where he designed and made cake decorations." His career took him to Janesville (WI) Paper Box and then to Parker Pen, where he "developed the skills to achieve his life's dream of owning his own company."

Metallocene PP material targets foam, large thermoforming applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2015

Japan Polypropylene (JPP) has launched a high melt strength polypropylene (PP) resin dubbed Waymax which consists of a reactor-produced long chain branched (LCB) material based on proprietary catalyst and polymerization technologies.
According to the supplier, existing LCB-PPs are primarily produced via "post-reactor" modification and have some drawbacks such as fish-eye and recyclability. JPP, however, has succeeded in introducing LCB structure into the polymer chain using a metallocene catalyst.

Plastics reduce weight aloft, differentiate airline brands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2015

As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers' flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes.

SPE ANTEC 2015 global parts competition shines spotlight on plastics innovation: Profile Plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

The Rescue Backboard, nominated by Profile Plastics (Lake Bluff, IL), took the Protecting Life category in the SPE ANTEC 2015 global parts competition in Orlando, FL, last month. It previously won the Silver award in the Heavy Gauge Twin-sheet category at the 23rd SPE Thermoforming Conference.

Profile Plastics

Six ways plastics are improving lives (slide show)

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

Plastics for Life was the theme of the Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC 2015 global parts competition, held in conjunction with NPE2015 last month in Orlando, FL. All of the entries were winners at parts competitions from other SPE conferences. What resulted was the best of the best in innovation and creativity showcasing how plastics make our lives better, safer and more efficient. Check out the winners in the various categories along with the grand prize winner in our slide show.

Thermoforming industry seeing big demand as it captures larger share of plastics applications

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2015

Thermoforming has moved rapidly from the more primitive methods of 30 years ago to a high-technology form of processing that is giving injection molding a run for its money. The makers of thermoforming equipment all concurred in comments to PlasticsToday that thermoforming processors want reduced cycle times, which translate into high productivity and better quality parts.

Clear Lam Packaging wins flexible packaging achievement award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has won a Silver Flexible Packaging Achievement Award for Technical Innovation for Kar's Second Nature Wholesome Medley PrimaPak package. This is the fourth global award for Clear Lam's PrimaPak technology. The Flexible Packaging Association recognized Clear Lam and a select group of the association's Achievement Award winners at a March 3 ceremony in Naples, FL.

SPE names Barry Shepherd Thermoformer of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has named Barry Shepherd Thermoformer of the Year. The award will be presented during SPE's Thermoforming Awards dinner, held in conjunction with the 24th SPE Thermoforming Conference.

Clear Lam Packaging settles lawsuit with Frito-Lay

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) and Frito-Lay Inc. (Purchase, NY) have settled a lawsuit related to Clear Lam's PrimaPak technology. The suit was filed in Federal Court in Chicago on Sept. 18, 2014, by Clear Lam against Frito-Lay accusing the food giant of stealing a packaging design for its promotional boxes of Doritos.

In pursuit of synergy, Amut SpA purchases Dolci Bielloni

By Karen Laird
Published: February 26th, 2015

Amut SpA (Novara, Italy), which builds extruders, packaging thermoforming machines and plastics recycling equipment, has acquired Dolci Bielloni, a fellow Italian company specialized in packaging equipment, which henceforth will be known as Amut Dolci Bielloni.

"Unity is synergy" was how Mauro Drappo, CEO of the Amut group, characterized the move. "Now two historical companies, Amut and Dolci Bielloni, can create significant synergies together and become a major player on international markets," he added.

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