ThermoFlex Expands Returnable Auto Parts Packaging Capacity, Dunnage Engineering Establishes Sales Company in the UK

ThermoFlex L.L.C. is adding equipment to help it meet demand for returnable auto parts packaging, according to a report at

The company offers dunnage, trays and other forms of reusable packaging for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers.Packaging is fabricated from thermoformed or vacuum formed resins, and can be fitted with injection molded or reaction injected molded urethane or TPE inserts to help secure parts during transportation.

New equipment acquisitions are targeted to provide  more capacity, larger part size and greater cost effectiveness. Included in the upgrade is a three-station rotary thermoformer from Monark Equipment Technologies, which will increase maximum part size to six feet by ten feet while providing greater energy efficiency. ThermoFlex is also adding additional injection molding presses with clamping forces of 150-700 tons, many of them moved from a sister company PolyFlex Products L.L.C. of Farmington Hills, Mich.

After the expansion is complete the company intends to add 10 to 15 jobs, more than double current staff. Read more at

Also in the news, Dunnage Engineering Ltd was recently formed in Manchester, UK as a base for sales of reusable packaging to the European automotive industry . Heading up the new company will be Pravin Mistry, previously of PolyOne as well as other companies.

Dunnage Engineering is headquartered in Brighton, Michigan. Targeting automotive, it designs and manufactures plastic and rubber components for returnable transit packaging especially suited for holding stamped steel and aluminum body panels as well as molded composite panels and glass panels. It also produces molded containers.

North American customers include Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, PACCAR, Daimler Truck, as well as Volvo Heavy Truck. Read more at

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