News Round-Up

Excerpt: Here are the news about Plastics and Packaging Industry across the world

Celanese to acquire compounding firm, Next Polymers

CELANESE, the American based chemicals maker, has agreed to acquire Next Polymers Ltd., one of the country's largest domestic engineering thermoplastics (ETP) compounders. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Mumbai-based Next Polymers specialises in custom compounding of various ETP materials and has a 20 kilo tons per annum compounding production facility in Silvassa, located in the union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

“Next Polymers complements our rapidly growing India business to further establish Celanese as a leader in the Indian ETP market by broadening our ability to serve nylon and other engineered materials customers in a high-growth region,” said Mr. Scott Sutton, Chief Operating Officer of Celanese. “Additionally, this acquisition further supports the company's global manufacturing base by adding a world-class domestic compounding facility with 10 production lines to support our local customers, leverage a potential export base, and expand our domestic ETP capabilities in a market that is growing at a 15 per cent annual growth rate,” he added.

Celanese highlighted Next Polymers' extensive experience in compounding polymers with post-industrial content, as an increasingly important capability as it reinforces the US firm's commitment to waste minimisation and sustainability.

Celanese expects to operate Next Polymer's thermoplastic compounding product portfolio and production capabilities within the Celanese engineered materials business to include the following polymers, all marketed under the Next Polymers brand:

  • Nylon 6 and Nylon 66: for automotive, electrical/electronic and consumer applications.
  • Polypropylene: for automotive and electrical/electronic applications.
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene: for automotive and industrial applications.
  • Polycarbonate: for automotive, electrical/electronic and industrial applications.
  • Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA): for automotive applications.

“This is a landmark moment for the JP Group of companies and I believe it is an excellent move by Celanese in acquiring our compounding company, Next Polymers, considering the rapidly growing engineering thermoplastics market demand in India,” said Mr. V. P. Shukla, CEO of JP Group of companies. “We will continue the decade-long Celanese/JP Polymers distribution relationship, allowing customers to benefit from the wide range of Celanese and Next branded products,” he added.

Manali Petro commences Notedome polyurethanes production in Chennai

MANALI PETROCHEMICALS LTD. (MPL) has commenced production of Note-dome high performance polyurethanes in Chennai. The Notedome division of MPL will cater to the market in the subcontinent and South East Asia.

MPL acquired Notedome Ltd., UK, in September 2016 through its overseas subsidiaries. Notedome, a manufacturer of high performance polyurethanes (PU) for the past three decades, supplies to over 40 countries across the globe.

Over the past decade, the PU industry has seen consistent growth of around 5-6 per cent per annum led primarily by the automobile, construction and footwear sectors. In South East Asia, the growth rates have been even higher.

By introducing the highly specialised cast elastomers of Notedome to the Asian markets, MPL has been instrumental in advancing India's polyurethane-based CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers) industry, according to a statement.

MPL, besides being the sole producer of propylene oxide and also one of the largest producers of base and system polyols in the country, makes polypropylene glycols, a key ingredient in Notedome's formula. The synergy with MPL has not only allowed Notedome to tap opportunities in the polyurethane industry in Asia, it has created a natural fit within their value chain.

Notedome's market share in Asia is about 15 per cent. With the right location strategy and favourable market conditions, the Notedome products eye a larger slice of the pie in the coming years, MPL said.

Borealis furthers plans to build world-scale PDH plant at Belgium

AUSTRIAN petrochemicals group, Borealis, has taken the final investment decision for a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, after successfully concluding the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study in June 2018. The facility will be located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo (Antwerp), Belgium. The plant is scheduled to start up in the first half of 2022.

The PDH plant will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 tonnes per year, making it one of the largest facilities in the world. Borealis said Kallo was selected due to its excellent logistical position, its experience in propylene production & handling and the synergies with the existing PDH unit. Borealis will use Honeywell UOP'sOleflex technology for the new plant, which is a widely used for on-purpose propylene production. The approved investment also provides for the possibility to include efficient cogeneration as part of the project.

Oiltanking Antwerp Gas Terminal will be the long-term logistics partner for the handling of propylene and the raw material propane and will construct a new 135,000 m³ propane storage tank. The hydrogen that is a by-product of the dehydrogenation process will be sold to Air Liquide under a long-term agreement.

“The continuing close cooperation during last years with our customers, suppliers, business partners and the various Flemish and Belgian authorities, including the Port of Antwerp, has been a crucial contributor to our positive investment decision,” said Mr. Thomas Van De Velde, Borealis Vice President of Hydrocarbons & Energy business.

“This important investment in our European assets fully supports our strategy to be a leading supplier of innovative polypropylene solutions and propylene to our customers in Europe. In addition, we are currently studying the feasibility of various capacity increases for polypropylene based on this additional propylene capability,” informed Mr. Alfred Stern, Borealis CEO.

SABIC keen to participate in chemical industry's growth in India

INDIA'S chemical industry is an important enabler of the growth in India and is projected to reach a size of US$300-bn by 2025 at a compounded annual growth rate of 8-10%. and Saudi Arabia based petrochemicals giant, SABIC is keen to participate in this growth story.

“We at SABIC look forward to being a part of this growth journey,” said Mr. Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC, in his keynote address at the inaugural session of India Chem 2018.

“India and Saudi Arabia are nations on the move. We both have economies with enormous potential. This potential is being unlocked by two new visions that represent the hopes and aspirations of the people in India and of Saudi Arabia – the Saudi Vision 2030 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of 'New India 2022'”, he said. “We, at SABIC, look earnestly forward to being a part of this growth journey,” he added.

“I am very impressed with India's double-digit growth in the petrochemicals industry over the last decade,” said Mr. Al-Benyan while addressing the audience that also comprised of key government and industry stakeholders. “We at SABIC look earnestly forward to being a part of this growth journey,” he added. As part of this address, Mr. Al-Benyan also lauded the close trade and diplomatic relations between India and Saudi Arabia. “Given that SABIC has been present in India for more than 25 years, we are confident in terms of understanding the Indian market and being able to generate value for all stakeholders, the Government, our customers and business partners. We acknowledge the opportunities in India, and positively hope to continue strengthening our footprint and partnerships here,” he added.

Mr. Al-Benyan further indicated that SABIC continues to contribute significantly towards Indian Government's agenda of Make in India, through innovation and technology. “SABIC takes pride in the partnership with the Government and continues to leverage its global experience and world-class infrastructure towards building a strong Petrochemical ecosystem in India,” he added.

SABIC in India covers all three of the company's Strategic Business Units – Petrochemicals – including chemicals and polymers -- Agri-Nutrients, and Specialties.

“We are very much aligned with the motto of 'Make in India'.” Mr. Al-Benyan shared his suggestions on how future challenges could be addressed with sustainable growth that includes:

  • Electric-powered vehicles;
  • Planes, trains and automobiles made from lighter, yet stronger, materials;
  • More energy efficient buildings;
  • Packaging that keeps food fresher for longer – reducing spoilage and waste;
  • Advanced fertilizers that can produce more food on the same amount of land.

“Petrochemical are essential to the production of all of these products. It is only by preparing for this emerging marketplace that we can grow sustainably and create value for India and for the world.”

Technology & Innovation Centre investment in Bengaluru

SABIC has made an investment of more than US$100-mn in the Technology & Innovation Centre in Bengaluru – one of the largest investments in India by a Saudi company.

The focus here has been to build research competencies to support growing market needs in India and SABIC worldwide. The centre comprises of more than 300 research scientists and engineers driving innovation and highest sustainable standards in manufacturing for India and for the world.

SABIC has also collaborated with country's premier Government institutions like the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to make positive progress together.

Indian Polyurethane Association organises innovation day in Mumbai

INDIAN Polyurethane Association (IPUA), the industry lobby representing a heterogeneous group of raw material manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, processors, moulders, laboratories etc. in the polyurethane (PU) sector, recently organised its 'PU Tech Innovation Day' in Mumbai.

The Association organises its flagship exhibition, PUTech India, every three years and the 'Innovation Day' is sandwiched between two PUTechs, to help the industry to keep updated about the rapidly changing dynamics and innovations in the sector. The 'Innovation Day' featured technical papers by industry participants highlighting polyurethane innovations, industrial processes and technologies that have potential in India, a walk-through exhibition and panel discussions.

Polyurethanes are produced by combining diisocyanates with polyols and other chemical additives. Because a variety of diisocyanates and a wide range of polyols can be used to produce polyurethane and the speed of the reaction can be adjusted, a broad spectrum of materials can be produced to meet specific application needs.

Of the two primary aromatic diisocyanates – toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), TDI is used primarily in the production of flexible foams. MDI comes in two forms: pure MDI and polymeric MDI (PMDI). Pure MDI is used in the production of a variety of polyurethane products like elastomers, sealants, adhesives and coatings, while PMDI is used to produce a wide variety of rigid, flexible, semi-rigid and polyisocyanurate and thermoset foams. There are also less common aromatic diisocyanates, such as p-phenylene diisocyanate (PPDI) and naphthalene diisocyanate (NDI).

Inaugurating the event, Mr. G. N. Mahesh, Chairman of IPUA, underlined the tremendous growth potential in the country given that the per capita PU consumption in India is just 300 gms as compared to the global average of 1,800 gms. “The industry should use innovation as a lever to grow the PU sector,” he added.

Voragaurd technology

At the event, Dow Chemical showcased its Voraguard technology that provides manufacturers of flexible polyurethane foams with a powerful solution to increase comfort levels, with reduced raw material components and simplifying foam processing and storage. Mr. Ricco Borella, Marketing Manager at Dow Polyurethanes pointed out that the technology is the foundation for novel polymer polyols which exhibit excellent load-bearing and inherent flame-retardant properties in addition to having ultra-low emission characteristics.

With Voraguard products, a single polymer polyol can be used to produce the entire product range across a broad density & hardness range without the addition of other flame-retardant polyols or high solids co-polymer polyols. “Foams produced with Voraguard products provide excellent fire-retardant properties. This combined with ultra-low emissions enables the production of halogen-free combustion modified high-resilience foam (CMHR), meeting severe flammability requirements,” said Mr. Borella.

Polyisocyanurate based insulation technology

Meanwhile, Huntsman, a leading player in MDI-based polyurethanes, launched its DaltoPIR technology, a polyisocyanurate (PIR)-based insulation technology, designed to improve the production and performance of foam panels. “The technology has the potential to transform the production of fire retardant PIR sandwich panels in India,” said Mr. John Hobdell, Director – PU Technology, Huntsman.

The Huntsman technology offers a different viscosity build up in rising foam, which enables more stable and consistent processing. This in turn can help panel producers achieve better panel planarity and quicker line speeds. Furthermore, the resulting foam has very low friability, which contributes positively to the long-term properties of the panels, informed Mr. Hobdell. The product fared well in the company's stringent durability tests, where foam panels were subjected to long temperature cycles and their aesthetic properties were constantly monitored.

The new technology has been fully integrated into an innovative product portfolio, containing several foam systems for different lamination conditions and fire-resistance standards. BASF's Mr. Deepak Joshi presented the company's Elastocoat C – a new sprayable gel with cooling effect for the bedding industry.

Industry trade trends

In a presentation on the dynamics of the PU value chain, Mr. Izham Ahmed of ICIS, Singapore, remarked that India continues to be a key import market for TDI. India largely relies on imports for its TDI even though volumes have declined this year mainly due to the imposition of anti dumping duties on Northeast Asian imports. “The share of TDI imports from countries like China and South Korea has decreased from 2016-17 period and Middle East has gained market share in 2017-18. This is mostly due to the anti dumping duties and the startup of the Sadara Chemical (Dow-Saudi Aramco jv) facility in Saudi Arabia,” said Mr. Ahmed. Consumption of TDI and MDI is expected to continue growing, he added. As regards polyols, he informed that in most regions of the world polyols capacity exceeded consumption, except for India where the 2017 production capacity was pegged at just 117,000 tonnes as against the consumption of over 280,000 tonnes.

Dow India harnesses global leadership programme to address social challenges in Mumbai

DOW Chemical International Pvt. Ltd. (Dow India), concluded the 6th edition of company's global 'Leadership in Action (LIA)' initiative last month. This initiative intersects investments in global citizenship, 2025 Sustainability Goals, and Human Resource's pool of top talent to build sustainable communities around the world. To date, LIA has engaged more than 240 employees who have worked with 42 NGOs to benefit communities in the Philippines, Ghana, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

After the initiative kicked off in May this year, the participants focused on five months of virtual pro-bono consulting on seven projects with strategic non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in India. 43 company leaders from around the globe, recently spent a week in Mumbai, as pinnacle of their collaboration in India. They focused on projects to address pressing local challenges related to sustainable housing, environmental cleanup, diversity and inclusion, circular economy, and education and career readiness as part of the LIA programme. The projects were rolled out in partnership with Pyxera Global.

“The LIA programme is aligned to our commitment to enable human progress by solving some of the most pressing problems of our society. We invest in the leaders of tomorrow, and they in turn invest in the company of tomorrow. India, being the hot-spot for development right now, presented ample opportunities for our LIA members to collaborate with NGO partners and advance change,” said Mr. Sudhir Shenoy, CEO, Dow India. “The causes addressed by the global teams, will be furthered by local champions in months to come,” he added.

“We want to develop leaders of tomorrow who are well-versed with diverse global communities and understand market realities. The LIA programme continues to be one of our flagship programmes, and has proven to help transform the way we develop superior leaders by introducing them to real world challenges, giving them learning experiences that test their ability to lead courageously, collaborate effectively, and deliver innovative solutions that generate value,” commented Mr. John Kolmer, Human Resources Manager, Global Leadership Development.

BPA-free plastics may not be as harmless as believed: Study

PLASTIC products that boast of being “BPA-free” aren't necessarily any safer for us, suggests a new mouse study published in Current Biology. The chemicals used to replace Bisphenol A (BPA) in these plastics can still leak out and affect the sperm and eggs of both male and female mice, it found. And these same effects could be happening in people.

BPA is a chemical commonly used to create polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. The plastic is used in food and drink packaging, as well as consumer products and medical devices, while resins are used to coat metal products like canned foods. When these products degrade or are otherwise damaged (from being repeatedly heated in a microwave, for example), they can leach out BPA, exposing us to it. BPA is one of many chemicals thought to interfere with our endocrine system, which regulates how hormones affect everything from our fertility to brain development. In the wake of the bad publicity, companies have started to steer away from using BPA-containing plastics.

The researchers behind this current study were some of the first scientists to notice BPA's potential dangers – though their discovery was something of an accident. Twenty years earlier, while studying mice genetics, they found that the female mice they had been using as controls were producing more unhealthy eggs than usual. They later found these mice had been kept in damaged plastic cases and drank from damaged plastic water bottles, both of which leached BPA into their environment.

Incredibly, it seems something similar happened again, if on a smaller scale. While working on another project, the authors began seeing some but not all of their control mice, both male and female, develop reproductive problems. Though the mice had kept in cages made of polysulphone, not polycarbonate, the researchers noticed a whitish residue in some of the cages, indicating they had been damaged and were leaching chemicals.

Ms. Patricia Hunt, researcher at the Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University, and her team analysed the chemical signature of the damaged cages, and they found both BPA and BPS, a bisphenol that is widely replacing BPA.

Polysulphone isn't thought to degrade into BPS, but Ms. Hunt's team found that if certain chemical bonds in the plastic were broken in the right way, BPS could form.

Following in the vein of their original experiments with BPA, Ms. Hunt's team exposed more mice to low doses of BPS, and compared their reproductive health to mice exposed to BPA and mice raised in fresh new cages, presumably free of any BPA/BPS contamination. The BPS mice had more defects in their egg and sperm cells than did the control mice, but the level of damage was similar to that seen in mice they exposed to the same dose of BPA alone.

Though manufacturers have shied away from making explicit claims about BPA replacements being safer, Ms. Hunt noted, customers have certainly assumed that they are safer. But while the study is only the latest to suggest that there's no real difference between these chemicals in their potential harmfulness, proving this effect is real in humans is another problem.

“We can almost never demonstrate a cause-and-effect in humans,” Ms. Hunt said, pointing out that even the well-established link between tobacco smoking and cancer relies largely on indirect evidence.

Regulatory agencies such as the US Food and Drug Administration still maintain that current levels of BPA exposure in food are not a concern to human health, pointing to research showing that people metabolise BPA faster than mice, dulling any possible toxic effects. But Ms. Hunt says this assumption has relied on traditional methods of toxicology, which might miss the subtler effects caused by low doses of BPA and similar chemicals.

Bayport Polymers to double polyethylene capacity at Texas facility

Bayport Polymers – the 50:50 joint venture owned by France's Total and Novealis Holdings – a joint venture of Borealis and Nova Chemicals – has announced the final investment decision to build a polyethylene unit at its production site in Bayport, Texas. The unit is expected to begin production in 2021.

The new unit will have a capacity of a 625,000-tpa of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), that will be added to the existing 400,000-tpa unit.

The unit's engineering, procurement and construction has been awarded to McDermott.

Formed in May 2018, Bayport Polymers is currently building one-million-tons per year steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. This cracker will process ethane, which is abundantly available and competitively priced in the US and will supply Bayport polyethylene units.

“The power of this partnership bet-ween Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals will enable us to become one of the largest players in the North American polyethylene market,” said Bayport Polymers President Ms. Diane Chamberlain. “The Borstar technology, which will be used for the first time in North America, will allow us to better serve our customers with an increased range of high-value-added products,” she added.

“The project is in line with our strategy to develop petrochemicals at our major integrated complexes and leverage competitively priced feedstocks. It is another step to strengthen our position in the US, where we operate one of our 6 world largest integrated platforms in Port Arthur, Texas,” said Mr. Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals of Total.

LANXESS India bags two awards for its Sustainable practices and CSR initiatives

LANXESS India Private Limited, the leading specialty chemicals company has been acknowledged for its diligent adherence towards sustainable practices and concerted efforts in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and has been conferred with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) Award for 'Outstanding Contribution towards best Sustainable Business Practices by a Large Enterprise' for the year 2018 and the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) Award 2017 Certificate of Merit for Social Responsibility.

Both the awards were presented to LANXESS at different events held in Mumbai towards the end of September after a detailed study by eminent juries constituted by the organizing committees of both the organizations.

Mr. Namitesh Roy Choudhary, Vice President, PTSE, LANXESS India, received the IGCC Award for Sustainable practices on behalf of LANXESS at the Taj Hotel, Mumbai on 20th September. The award came on the back of the organization's specific processes and systems to ensure that it follows social and environmental policies in the supply chain and conforms to all standards. Having invested a sizeable amount in India over the years in greenfield investments, acquisitions and in upgradation of assets, LANXESS has been a founder member of Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative, which is a joint initiative of chemical companies that focuses on the promotion of sustainability practices in the chemical industry's supply chain around a single standard of auditing and assessment.

LANXESS' sites focus on optimal use of natural resources ensuring minimum impact on the environment. At its Jhagadia site, LANXESS has spent 20 percent of total building cost on sustainability projects like Effluent treatment plant, Sewage treatment plant, Multi-fuel boiler, Off-gas Incinerator and creating a Green zone. Similarly, the Nagda site has Co-generation plant, Waste water treatment, Sewage treatment plant, Waste water post treatment plant and Off-gas Incinerator. Further, to significantly reduce Carbon foot-print, 96% of Jhagadia's and 60% of Nagda's export consignments have been shifted from road to railways.

The ICC Award 2017 Certificate of Merit for Social Responsibility was presented to LANXESS India on the 27th September in Mumbai and was received by Mr. Neelanjan Banerjee, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, LANXESS India and Mr. Sunder Rajan, Head – CSR, LANXESS India. The organization initiated and completed twelve unique CSR projects across locations in the country in 2017. This included projects like Teach for India, empowering municipal school with digital classrooms, infrastructure development of municipal schools, sanitation & hygiene camps for working women from slums in Thane, upgrading healthcare facilities in Nagda Municipal Hospital by way of installing a sonography machine, maintenance of overhead water tank in Nagda supplying water to the local population and installing solar street lamps among others.

LANXSS has always selected CSR projects through a bottom-up approach, wherein the needs of the communities are identified after discussions with the local authorities and other stakeholders. The corporate philosophy of the organization in the context of its Social Responsibility initiatives has firmly been “To give back to society a part of its success”.

On the receipt of the two awards Mr. Banerjee said, “LANXESS is a good example of creating a long-term vision to develop our business while keeping our commitment to sustainable practices and giving back to society a part of our success.”

Advent invests in Manjushree Technopack

ADVENT International, the Boston-based private equity fund announced that it is buying a stake in South Asia's largest PET bottle and preform maker, Manjushree Technopack Ltd., from an Indian investment firm. Terms were not disclosed. Advent is buying Mumbai-based Kedaara Capital's 24 percent stake in the Bengaluru-based Manjushree and a portion of the stake held by Manjushree's founding Kedia family, which will now hold a minority stake in the company.

Managing Director Vimal Kedia and the rest of senior management will remain closely involved, the companies said in a statement. Manjushree is India's largest rigid plastic packaging firm, with seven factories across the country and sales of 8.9 billion rupees ($127 million) in the fiscal year ending March 31.

Advent said it believes India will continue to move toward using more plastic packaging.

"The rigid plastic packaging market is expected to expand 15 percent per year over the next five years, driven by underlying growth in consumer end markets, the continued shift from glass and paper to plastic packaging and the introduction of new products," Shweta Jalan, managing director and head of India for Advent, said in a statement.

Advent Director Pankaj Patwari added: "We see significant opportunities to accelerate Manjushree's growth by investing in innovation and new business development, expanding into adjacent geographies, segments and business lines, and acquiring other packaging companies." Bangkok-based SCG Packaging was also reportedly vying for a stake in Manjushree.

Manjushree has production capacity of 150,000 metric tons annually, and currently exports to Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America. It has customers in the fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceutical and liquor industries, including for the Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Mondelez, Dabur, Unilever, Nestle, Heinz, Tata Global, and Marico brands.

India's packaging industry is expected to reach $73 billion in sales by 2020, up from $32 billion in 2015, according to a plastics industry report from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries and Tata Strategic Management Group.The report said the overall packaging industry is expected to grow 18 percent yearly, with flexible packaging and rigid packaging expected to grow 25 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

DuPont Reveals New Global Brand Identity & Logo to Position New Company

For over 200 years, DuPont has been synonymous with life-changing discoveries and scientific know-how, reinventing itself along the way. As it takes the next step towards becoming the new DuPont, it has unveiled a fresh global brand identity and logo that recognizes its heritage while conveying its focus on a customer-led innovation strategy and purpose-driven culture.

DowDuPont announced in February 2018 that its Specialty Products Division would carry the DuPont name when it becomes an independent company, which is expected about June 1, 2019 subject to approval of the DowDuPont Board of Directors and other customary closing conditions.

Customer-led Innovation Strategy

Barbara Pandos, chief communications officer, Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont, said:

“Our new branding is one of many steps we are taking in DuPont's transformation and amplifies what we do; help our customers solve complex problems, and turn their best ideas into real-world products and solutions. It preserves the legacy shape of the iconic DuPont Oval, which for more than a century has provided a seal of quality, performance and trust, but it will no longer be constrained by an elliptical border – signaling a collaborative and open flow of ideas and innovation.”

As among the premier innovation companies, DuPont discovers and delivers value-added specialized solutions that foster sustainable progress and enrich people's everyday lives. DuPont's new brand purpose – “To empower the world with the essential innovations to thrive” – builds upon a rich history of discovery and progress.

SPE announces winners of annual thermoforming conference parts competition

THE Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced the winners of its annual parts competition.

The awards were presented during the Thermoforming Division's annual conference, held recently in Fort Worth, TX. This year's winners are:

  • “People's Choice.” Profile Plastics, for the “Medical cart enclosure.”
  • Roll Fed Consumer – Gold. Placon, for the “Pokemon tray.”
  • Roll Fed Innovative – Gold. Placon, for the “Nametag organizer.”
  • Roll Fed Innovative – Silver. CMI Plastics, Inc., for the “Knob Creek POP display tray.”
  • Roll Fed Food – Gold. Global Plastics, for the “Egg Carton.”
  • Heavy Gauge Vacuum Form – Gold. Fiber Pad, for the “Bass Boat driver console.”
  • Heavy Gauge Pressure Form – Gold. Profile Plastics, for the “Medical cart enclosure.”
  • Heavy Gauge Pressure Form – Silver. Ray Products, for the “Medical device cover.”
  • Heavy Gauge Twin Sheet – Gold. Therma-Hexx, for the “Hydronic heat transfer panel.”
  • Heavy Gauge Twin Sheet – Silver. Allied Plastics, Inc., for the “Bear-resistant lid for a roll out cart.”

“A variety of heavy and thin gauge parts of exceptional quality were submitted to this year's Parts Competition,” noted Matt O'Hagan of the SPE Thermoforming Division's Board of Directors. “This year's winning entries highlighted the innovation that continues to evolve in the the thermoforming industry.”

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