Study assesses thermoforming trends & prospects


Perhaps because of the continued economic downturn, North American manufacturers of thermoformed plastic packaging continue to innovate — but in ways that are in tune with traditional cost-savings methods.

While bioplastics continue to make inroads, manufacturers are rediscovering ways to repackage older materials, Peter Mooney, president of Plastics Custom Research Services in Advance, N.C., said during a June 28 telephone interview.

“What’s happening is that polypropylene is going to do well and PET and [recycled] PET are going to do well. [Polylactic acid] and the other bioplastics?...
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