Pioneer in Thermoforming - ILLIG is the First Founding Member of the China Thermoforming Association (CTFA)
ILLIG Maschinenbau developed the first thermoforming machine used in industry and is viewed to this day as pioneer in thermoforming. The German company is a leading global supplier of high-performance thermoforming lines, tools and molds, as well as solutions for the packaging industry. The company's product and services portfolio includingthe development, design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of complex production lines and components. For more than 70 years, the family-owned enterprise has been serving its customers across the globe as a reliable partner for the cost-effective manufacturing of complex high-precision parts out of thermoplastic materials with innovative technology of unsurpassed quality and comprehensive worldwide after-sales support. With branches and sales agencies in over 80 countries, ILLIG is locally present in all markets around the globe.
ILLIG China, CTFA founding member, provides technical training on site
ILLIG is one of the 13 founding members of the CTFA. The aim of the CTFA with its currently 150 member companies is the development of the thermoforming industry in China. The Chinese and international founding members of the machine and tool making sector in thermoforming promote this development. Shortly after the foundation of the association ILLIG supported the joint project in China by providing a basic technical training in thermoforming for several days. Staff members of the Chinese CTFA founding member, Shanghai Glades, successfully participated in the opening event of the ILLIG training series at the premises of the new ILLIG Customer Solution Center (CSC) in Haining. Mr. Jörg Schuster, head of the Technical Training Department, and Mr. Sven Engelmann, head of the ILLIG Packaging Technology Department, conveyed theoretical thermoforming contents and provided support to the very interested participants throughout the training by also using accompanying experiments.
The standard reference in thermoforming by ILLIG
The profound technical know-how of the highly qualified ILLIG staff together with the reference book „Thermoforming - A Practical Guide“, edited by ILLIG, are the basis for the technical training. The standard reference in this sector was published in the third edition and is currently being translated into several languages, among others, also into Chinese again. Fundamentals and thermoforming methods are imparted in a comprehensive way. It is a valuable reference book for students, engineers and technicians. Besides information on thermoplastics, all thermoforming process steps, the most important machines and basics on tool and mold making are described in detail and substantiated by practical examples.
Comprehensive machine portfolio
Annually, more than 250 thermoforming lines leave the factory of the company’s headquarters in Heilbronn, Germany. More than 20,000 ILLIG systems are used in most industrial branches and sectors of every-day life. This includes machines for the production of packs for fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and margarine as well as yogurt, desserts and coffee capsules. In dairy companies, (fruit) curd and yogurt cups are formed, decorated and filled in one line which means the end products are directly ready for the point of sale. In the non-food sector ILLIG customers manufacture packs for razors and blades, as well as lamps, toys and stationery. Various high-precision formed parts are produced by ILLIG customers in series for the industry. The system supplier completes its portfolio by an efficient in-house tool and mold shop. With its pactivity® initiative ILLIG provides customer support regarding marketable products and perfect product solutions.
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