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Thermoformers team up on recycled HDPE packaging

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October 26, 2012

MECHANICSBURG, PA. (Oct. 26, 3:35 p.m. ET) — ANL Plastics NV of Wellen, Belgium, is teaming up with Universal Protective Packaging Inc. to bring thermoformed protective packaging made from post-consumer recycled HDPE to North America.

ANL licensed Universal to manufacture and sell two of its patented packages – the Geospring, which houses single products on end cap displays, and the U-Pad & Lid, intended for bulk products. Both packages house fragile items like disc drives and storage devices.

The packages are more cost-effective than ones made from expanded polystyrene or laminated polyethylene foam and have a lower environmental impact, said Tim Ritter, Universal’s vice president of sales and engineering.

The packages will also expand the company’s product offerings to its medical device and diagnostic equipment customers, Ritter said in a news release.

Universal, based in Mechanicsburg, makes trays, lids, clamshells and blister packaging for food, retail and medical applications. They company had sales of $13.5 million in 2011, according to a Plastics News survey of the thermoforming industry.

ANL and Universal have had a global partnership since 1999.