Thermoforming

SPE looking for entries in Students Part Competition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division is looking to engage the younger generation with its second annual Student Parts Competition. SPE is encouraging students to collaborate on a potential thermoformed application specified by SPE. The submission deadline is August 15. 

Week of 3/17 to 3/21: A green themed week and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2014

While the U.S. was focused on all things green this past Monday in honor of the (boozy) tradition that is St. Patrick's Day, there were also plenty of 'green' themed articles from the PlasticsToday editors and contributors this week. Although, this green was of a different variety — from recycling to energy efficiency to even golf courses.  

For instance, Extrusion Expert and Plastics Engineer Allan Griff attended both the Plastics Recycling conference and associated exhibition and the SPE environmental division conference.

Plastics machinery shipments up 8 percent in 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics. Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4.

Winkler rebrands as Nuconic Packaging, adds new machinery and employees

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 6th, 2014

What's in a name? Well, for Winkler Plastics, you could say everything. The company recently rebranded itself as Nuconic Packaging

"We rebranded the name to reset the stage for growth," Nuconic Packaging CEO Alan Franz told PlasticsToday. "We wanted to have a name that differentiated ourselves from other competitors and formulated a name that was internally derived of being 'New - NU,' of our primary product 'CONtainers,' and made of PlastIC.'"

Managing costs key to greater growth and profitability

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 6th, 2014

What are the costs of making your product? If you don't know you probably should find out if you want to grow your business and be more profitable. aPriori, a provider of enterprise product cost management software solutions, recently announced the release of its latest platform, aPriori 2014r1, which enables users to better predict product costs in complex global manufacturing environments and supply chains.

Chinaplas returns to Shanghai in April

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.

Despite progress in applications, IML is still a niche

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 27th, 2014

Walk into any grocery or retail store and you'll see the shelves lined with packaging that utilizes the in-mold labeling (IML) process. IML has become an important component of many companies' branding and sustainability strategies. Despite the progress in IML applications, technology and materials, it remains a niche in the overall label market globally. That was the message of Corey Reardon, president & CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, in his address to attendees at the annual IMLCON/IMDCON in Phoenix last week.

Thick-gauge thermoforming enhances design, reduces cost of large medical device parts

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: February 24th, 2014

Thick-gauge thermoformed plastics can be used for medical applications such as MRI and blood analysis equipment and CT and PET scanners. The technology produces durable, lightweight parts with antiabrasion properties, crisp features, and fine surface detail. Moreover, some vendors can thermoform parts as large as 9 X 13 ft, expansive enough for even the largest MRI covers, and options now include embedding antimicrobial materials and twin-sheet thermoforming.

SPE looks to continue to expand its conference brand internationally

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 31st, 2014

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC Dubai 2014 technical conference recently concluded and the association claims it generated a note of optimism for SPE's strategy of taking its plastics educational program global.

Eastman to showcase new offerings at MD&M West

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 30th, 2014

Eastman Chemical Co. plans to showcase a new technical platform, packaging and device offerings at MD&M West (Feb. 11-13) in Booth 2515.  

The company recently annouced it is expanding its medical packaging portfolio with Eastalite copolyester, the company's first opaque offering. The company says that Eastalite is a sustainable alternative to high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) for opaque rigid medical packaging.

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