Plastics Decorating

From the Managing Director

Dianna Brodine

Over the next several months, the IMDA will be making a splash – drawing attention to our corner of the industry and increasing the visibility of in-mold technologies.

First, the IMDA Awards Competition in underway, and winners of the competition will be in the spotlight as we partner with Plastics Decorating magazine and PACK EXPO Las Vegas (among others) to showcase the amazing work being done in in-mold labeling, decorating and electronics. Then, we’ll be returning to in-person events with the 2021 IMDA Symposium in the Minneapolis area and – two weeks later – PACK EXPO Las Vegas, where the IMDA will have a booth. In addition, we’re rolling out new benefits to our members and starting work on updated technical standards for those working in in-mold labeling and decorating.

Big things are happening at the IMDA. If you aren’t a member yet, call me or send an email – we’re on the move, and we want to take your company along as we bring more visibility to IML, IMD and IME.

2021 IMDA Awards Competition Now Accepting Entries

IMDA_awards_logoThe In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) now is accepting entries for the 14th Annual IMDA Awards Competition. Early bird entries are accepted until May 15, 2021, with the final deadline for submission set for June 1, 2021. This competition is open to companies involved in any form of in-mold labeled packaging (IML), in-mold decorated durable products (IMD) and in-mold electronics (IME).

Winners of the competition will be announced during a video presentation this summer and honored during a reception at the IMDA Symposium, scheduled for September 2021. In addition, winning entries will be prominently publicized in a variety of media and displayed during events, including at the PMMI Showcase of Packaging Innovations during PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

The 2021 IMDA Awards Competition would not be possible without the support of its sponsors: InkWorks Printing, Innovia, KURZ and StackTeck. Complete IMDA Awards competition information and entry form are available at

IMDA Active on LinkedIn

The IMDA has an active LinkedIn presence, where association events, member news and items of industry interest are shared. Be sure to follow the association at

New Member Benefit: IMDA HelpLinks

HelpLinks-ImageThe IMDA HelpLinks Community is THE CONNECTION to other IMDA members. By sending one email to an IMDA HelpLinks email address, members can reach all IMDA members located in the US and across the globe. Use this email community to find scarce supplies, ask technical questions or look for a partner to fulfill overflow orders.

All IMDA members should have received a registration email from “imdassociation email list” with the subject line “Request to join mailing list imdassociation @” Once the registration has been activated, members are able to send an email to an IMDA email address whenever they have a question or challenge that fellow IMDA members can solve. For more information or to request a registration email, contact

Save the Date: IMDA Symposium, Sept. 16-17, Minneapolis Area

In-person events have returned! Save the date for the 2021 IMDA Symposium, to be held in conjunction with SPE’s Decorating & Assembly Division. The joint conference event will take place Sept. 16-17 at the Westin Hotels & Resorts in Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota.

The joint conferences will provide an exceptionally broad selection of experts in all fields of plastics decorating, assembly and in-mold decorating/labeling. In addition to a wide selection of paper presentations, the conference will include focused workshops for small group networking and discussion. The event also will include a Supplier Trade Fair and Reception – open to attendees of both conferences – with tabletop exhibits from leading suppliers to the industry. Watch for more information, a full schedule and registration.