Published: February 2nd, 2011
Published: January 26th, 2011
The plastics processor is adding six machines to its Minneapolis facility, as well as customers and a new employee, with an eye to hiring more as business takes off. The company already has rapid prototyping and injection molding capacity; adding micromolding will improve its odds in the medical, aerospace, defense and precision industrial markets that it serves.
Published: January 17th, 2011
Many in the plastics industry, and especially within the thermoforming community, know Conor Carlin. He worked with Sencorp Systems and then Stopol, but left the industry to get his MBA, focusing on sustainable business and technology management. Conor never did cut his plastics industry ties as for years he has been the managing editor of the SPE's Thermoforming Quarterly.
Published: January 14th, 2011
Infrared heating technology supplier Ceramicx says last fall's K exhibition confirmed that a large portion of the thermoforming industry is ready "to look at their heating methods and energy usage." Ceramicx founder and managing director, Frank Wilson, said that he is amazed at the number of thermoformers that "see no need to measure the energy consumption on their machines."
Published: January 11th, 2011
The little piggies being sent to market now are packed in plastic, thanks to a move away from glass by German lunchmeats supplier Rügenwalder Mühle. The company's newest brand of fresh sausages (pork and poultry) are being marketed in injection molded, in-mold labeled polypropylene packaging.
Published: January 5th, 2011
The focus is now entirely on its core business of primary food packaging and returnable crates/containers as Linpac Group has sold five of its stand-alone, non-core business units to funds managed by Chamonix Private Equity, a London-based private equity firm.
Published: December 14th, 2010
Solo Cup Co. (Lake Forest, IL) has received the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award from the Keep America Beautiful organization (KAB; Stamford, CT) in recognition of Solo's ongoing support of sustainability education, as well as sustainable improvements in its communities. Solo also has moved its product mix in the direction of sustainability.
Published: December 1st, 2010
If there was one thing mold manufactures proved at the recent K 2010 show in Dusseldorf, Germany, it was that they are not waiting around for customers to tell them what to do. Successful mold manufacturing companies are taking the initiative and developing molds and even processes that challenge the norm.
Published: November 22nd, 2010
Thermoformers are playing catchup with injection molders when it comes to offshoring, finally doing so essentially for the same reasons. But are they too late?
Published: November 11th, 2010
When it comes to recycling, the thermoformers have gotten the process down, with most using the trim back into the extrusion of new sheet. Demand for recycled-content sheet material to meet green requirements for many packaging products continues to increase, but there are a few challenges when it comes to meeting that demand.