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What success with working with multiple materials looks like

On Jul 8, 2016

Some things just seem to go together… peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, bacon and eggs – while others don’t (think bacon and chocolate, peanut butter and pickles or hot sauce and cauliflower), at least at first. But on closer inspection (or tasting in this case) it is clear that these combinations can actually be quite dynamic and delicious. While they might not be edible, here at TEQ, we have a few unusual but powerful combinations of our own.

Take, for instance, molded pulp packaging, thermoformed plastic, and flexible pouches. On their own, each of these offer unique and considerable benefits.

Molded pulp packaging products are a cost-effective packaging solution made from sustainable, natural-fibre raw materials resulting in a recyclable and compostable packaging option which is sturdy and strong and can be ovenable or freezer safe. Thermoformed plastic packaging solutions are extremely versatile, offering a wide variety of benefits such as durability, uniform sealing, and ease of sterilization; and flexible packaging solutions are low cost, light weight, environmentally friendly and highly customizable.

However, when it comes to manufacturing, these solutions are often only available via different vendors. When they are offered via one company, like they are here at TEQ, the combined benefits of true material neutral package design are even stronger – not bound by specific machinery or materials, we can provide the best material for our customers’ packaging challenges.

Specifically, we are not only highly skilled thermoformers of are comfortable working with multiple materials, including the latest renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and recycled plastics, we have also developed proprietary materials such as TEQethylene™, and have expanded our expertise to include moulded fibre through our recent acquisition of Plastique and Fibrepak. In addition, through strategic partnerships such as Technipaq Inc. and Outlook Group, we can offer our customers a variety of flexible packaging solutions if needed.

What about you? What combinations do you have in your business or company that are unusual, yet highly effective?

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Todd McDonald

By Todd McDonald

Todd has over 20 years of industry experience. His diverse work background gives him unique business insight that drives creative and smart solutions.

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