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SPE Thermoforming Division Presents:

Replacing Steel with Thermoformed Plastics
A webinar for industrial designers and plastics engineers

Learn to identify when the benefits of thermoformed plastics outweigh fabricated steel. Two case studies review design, cost and speed to market and why thermoformed plastic was the optimal choice. A steel to plastic conversion guide is also presented to ensure the plastic part is functional and cost effective.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
2 p.m.-3 p.m. Eastern

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Evan Gilham

COO, Productive Plastics, Inc.

Evan Gilham is a graduate of Lehigh University majoring in finance. During his 15+ years with Productive Plastic, Evan has developed strong skills in process improvement, contract negotiations, and sales training as demonstrated with customers in electronics, bus and rail transportation, aerospace, kiosks, and other OEM markets. He has lead projects including process conversion for metal and fiberglass, design support with customers new to thermoforming, and overall selection of materials, tooling, and costs/benefit analysis.


James M. (Jay) Waddell

Owner, Plastic Concepts & Innovation, LLC

Mr. Waddell has over 39 years of manufacturing and consulting experience in the plastic industry.

Mr. Waddell is also the founding partner and key management principal of Plastic Concepts & Innovations, LLC, bringing the skills from 39 years of consulting and manufacturing in heavy-gauge thermoforming. He held numerous positions from Manufacturing Manager to Executive Vice President. In the plastics industry, Mr. Waddell is considered to be an expert in materials and manufacturing techniques. Mr. Waddell works with thermoforming companies in process improvement and product development both in the US and overseas. He is a Senior Member of Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and has been a member of the national Board of Directors for the Thermoforming Division of the SPE for the past 30 years.


For more information, contact:

Lesley Kyle, CMP
Division Administrator
E:  lesley@openmindworks.com
T:  914-671-9524