From the discovery of water on Mars, to New Horizon’s Flyby of Pluto, to the discovery of the first new antibiotic in decades – among other things, 2015 was certainly a year of change and progress. Learning and revelations took place that are certain to become the building blocks for amazing things – like the possibility of sending humans to the surface of Mars, gaining a better understanding of other bodies like Pluto in the faraway Kuiper Belt, and paving the way for a new generation of non drug-resistant antibiotics. Which made us wonder, what were some of the major accomplishments here at TEQ in 2015 and what could they mean for our future?
When looking back, it became clear that one of our greatest accomplishments of the past year was the launch of TEQconnex™, a new co-extrusion for thermoforming medical packaging that builds on our 100% recyclable solution TEQethylene™ and offers medical device manufacturers a chance to use uncoated Tyvek® lidding for trays, vs. the traditional heat-sealed-coated lid stock.
Because this new medical packaging solution leverages a one-process coextrusion method, it offers a variety of benefits including:
Plus, because TEQconnex builds on the 100% recyclable solution TEQethylene launched in 2012, those customers can leverage existing tooling to transition to TEQconnex.
But at TEQ, we didn’t stop at developing new solutions for medical device packaging such as TEQconnex, in 2015 we also expanded our capabilities in the medical thermoforming industry through our acquisition of medical thermoform manufacturer, Freemont Plastics. This expansion has not only poised us to better serve our medical thermoforming customers in both the medical packaging and medical device manufacturing verticals, but by adding another manufacturing location we will also have the ability to reduce shipping costs and add redundancies in order to reduce risks for our customers.
What about you? What was your most important accomplishment in 2015?