Processors, materials suppliers and mold makers in the United Kingdom have agreed to set up a new thermoforming forum aimed at improving communication among companies within the industry. It is sponsored by the Gauge and Tool Makers Association, a trade group for British mold makers.
``It made sense for the new forum to be created within the GTMA framework, as the thermoforming industry is so closely aligned with our own sector,'' said Julia Moore, chief executive officer of Princes Risborough-based GTMA.
``This initiative gives us all the opportunity to push the design envelope of the thermoforming process and therefore potentially increase the size of the thermoforming market - which is good for everyone in the industry,'' said Paul Tulloch, business development manager of Oldbury, England-based vacuum former ABCD Plastics Ltd.
Some 23 companies have signed up for the project. Current efforts include a survey of thermoforming equipment suppliers, being undertaken by the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and a Dutch research organization.