NEW CANAAN, CONN. - More than 1.5 billion pounds of plastic sheet was consumed by North American industrial thermoformers in 1994, according to a report by Plastics Custom Research Services of New Canaan. The amount of sheet used by custom and captive thermoformers is expected to increase 47 percent, to more than 2.2 billion pounds, by 2000, said Peter J. Mooney, president of PCRS.
The value of these programs for formed parts was $3 billion, and this will increase 77 percent to $5.3 billion by the end of the decade, he said.
From May through August, PCRS surveyed 176 industrial thermoformers in the United States and Canada.
According to Mooney, more custom processors with thermoforming capabilities are diversifying into other processing methods and are going after a wide range of large industrial parts programs.
``As a result, the multifaceted industrial part processors can better retain existing customers and gain new ones based on technological versatility,'' according to Mooney.
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