From the Managing Director

The IMDA returned to in-person events this fall – first, by hosting the IMDA Symposium in September and then by exhibiting at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Attendees at both events were engaged and excited to be among industry peers again! The Symposium – held in conjunction with SPE’s Decorating & Coatings Division TopCon – welcomed more than 90 attendees, and the IMDA booth at PACK EXPO saw a steady stream of visits from brand owners, plastics molding companies, label printers and more.

Did you know that IMDA members are invited to spend time in the IMDA booth at events where we exhibit? At PACK EXPO, our members chose two-hour shifts, which then were publicized to potential visitors by the IMDA. It’s a win for the association and for those who take advantage of the opportunity – the IMDA benefits by having experts in IML, IMD and IME in our booth for visitors who have questions, and the members can share their knowledge and unique company perspective with the prospects who need their services. The 2022 exhibit schedule is under development, but count on the IMDA presence at PACK EXPO International next year.

Big things are happening at the IMDA. If you aren’t a member yet, call me or send an email. Interest in in-mold technologies is growing, and so are we!

Dianna Brodine


2021 IMDA Awards Competition Winners Honored at Symposium

The winners of the 2021 IMDA Awards Competition were recognized at the IMDA Symposium, held in Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota, in September. Winners of the competition were announced with a Video Reveal in July, and the top entries in each category were displayed for all attendees of the IMDA Symposium / SPE Decorating & Coatings Division TopCon. The Symposium provided the first in-person opportunity for association members to gather in nearly two years. The joint conferences provided a broad selection of experts in all fields of plastics decorating, assembly and in-mold decorating/labeling, with sessions led by experts in vision inspection systems, functional inks for in-mold electronics, anti-fingerprint and scratch-resistant coatings, the recyclability of decorated plastics, automation and robotics, and nearly 20 other topics.

See a summary of the event on page 22 and make plans now to attend the 2022 IMDA Symposium, tentatively scheduled for late September in the Detroit, Michigan, area.

IMDA Welcomes New Members

The IMDA has welcomed four new members to the association. A full list of IMDA members can be found, categorized by specialty, at

Dow, Inc. is a materials science leader committed to delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for customers in packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Winpak Portion Packaging, Inc., Sauk Village, Illinois, is part of a global packaging group with 12 manufacturing facilities in North America. It manufactures and distributes packaging materials and machines, primarily used for the protection of perishable foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medical and personal care. Spectratek Technologies, Inc., located in Santa Fe Springs, California, is the largest manufacturer of holographic diffraction patterns, engraved patterns and embossed micro-structure designs. Its film and glitter products are utilized to enhance folding cartons, in-mold labels, and flexible packaging. HG Image (Wuhan Huagong Image Technology & Development Co., Ltd) has been a leading hologram manufacturer since 1990. It is the key subsidiary of the public company HG Tech. With advanced holographic techniques and comprehensive security techniques, HG Image has been in China’s security hologram industry for 20 years.