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.
Published: November 9th, 2010
How bright is the future for thermoformed packaging with labels applied inmold? A chance encounter at last week's K show led to a long discussion with one of Kraft Foods' packaging experts. Based on developments in suitable labels, plus tooling and automation, he thinks T-IML holds plenty of promise.
Published: November 9th, 2010
Tapping into another potentially huge market, MicroGREEN Polymers Inc. (Seattle, WA) is now promoting its patented technology, which maximizes the use of recycled plastics through the addition of tiny air pockets, into the packaging sector with its new sheet offering dubbed InCycle.