DuPont and Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion develop new perforation resistant thermoformable film

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

A collaboration to improve the efficiency, performance and sustainability of packaging applications between Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, has resulted in a material and cost-saving medium barrier 9-layer film for thermoforming applications.

Thermoforming Technology Group acquires Lyle Industries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Consolidation in the thermoforming machinery sector continues with the announcement by Thermoforming Technology Group LLC (TTG) that it has acquired Lyle Industries of Beaverton, MI, one of the leading thermoforming machinery manufacturers in the United States. Thermoforming Technology Group is the parent company of Brown Machine LLC and EPCO LLC, which were acquired in January 2008.

Cereplast assets acquired by Trellis Earth Products

By Karen Laird
Published: June 23rd, 2014

Trellis Earth Products, a leading maker of bioplastic bags and food service disposables headquartered in Portland, OR, will pay $2.6 million for substantially all of Cereplast's assets including production equipment, patents, inventory, and trademarks, plus pay certain contract cure costs, as part of Cereplast's Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings. Cereplast's petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy was approved at the end of March by an Indiana bankruptcy court. Now, United States Bankruptcy Judge Basil H.

Myers Industries will sell off Lawn & Garden and acquire Scepter Corp.

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 11th, 2014

Polymer products maker Myers Industries, Inc. (Akron, OH) has started the process of selling off its Lawn & Garden Segment even as it acquires Scepter Corp. and significantly expands its Material Handling Segment.

The Lawn & Garden business sells under several brand names.

Global competitiveness through local value

By Patrick Gerard
Published: June 6th, 2014

"The year 2030: The long-standing division of the world in the three markets of Europe, America and Asia is dissolved. There is a fully integrated world market with globalized product segments."

PendaForm expanding Bluffton, IN thermoforming plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 6th, 2014

PendaForm Co., formerly Fabri-Form, is expanding its Bluffton, IN, facility that is anticipated to add 50 new jobs and potentially up to $4 million new investments to the Wells County, IN economy. Work began earlier this year and is expected to be in full production later this year.

Yes, Ben, there really is a great future in plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

Most of us who've been in the plastics industry for at least the last two decades have probably heard this comment many times: "Did you see The Graduate?"

Yes, we've either seen that iconic movie that helped to put the plastics industry on the map, or we've heard about it. Dustin Hoffman plays the young man Ben, who's just graduated from college, and can't seem to decide on what to do with his life. At a party, Mr. McGuire pulls Ben aside and tells him that his future lies in just one word: Plastics.

Wilbert Plastic Services growing with Kentucky’s automotive industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

The recession certainly took its toll on manufacturing, especially the automotive industry and the many suppliers, including the plastics processing and mold manufacturing companies. Wilbert Plastic Services (WPS), headquartered in Belmont, NC, also struggled as its Lebanon, KY, facility lost money during the downturn. That was 2009.

Placon acquires injection molder; launches new rPET thermoformed packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 21st, 2014

Earlier this month, thermoforming packaging manufacturer Placon announced it had completed the acquisition of injection molder Plastic Packaging Corp.

Plastic Packaging Corp. is a family-owned manufacturer known for its injection molded polyethylene and polypropylene containers, cups, tubs, pails and lids as well as its advanced decorating services for hot to frozen foods in the foodservice and food processing industries

Using modern 3D modeling to reverse engineer a 40-year-old aircraft part

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 16th, 2014

What do you do when out of the blue a company calls you needing a 40-year-old aircraft part? That's certainly a unique challenge, and one that processors face from time-to-time. Ray Products Co. Inc., an Ontario, CA-based vacuum and pressure forming company that has been in business since 1949, got the call and decided to respond.

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