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Molded Fiber

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Exponential Expansion

The Tek Pak, Inc. Molded Fiber Division was created in 2020. Then, in 2023, Tek Pak added Dry Molded Fiber Packaging which includes production and manufacturing dry molded fiber processes and packaging.

Tek Pak engineers are having an ongoing series of conversations to further bring staff up to speed on the unique characteristics and environmental advantages of molded fiber packaging. Our resource library on molded fiber continues to grow regarding the characteristics of various machine platens and pulp variations. Tek Pak is also a proud member of the IMFA. To learn more about fiber-molded packaging applications, check out this article.

Sustainability and Recyclability

In the spring of 2018, after traveling abroad and consulting with several leaders in packaging worldwide, it was clear that many European countries had adopted significantly strict recycling standards for plastic packaging. In addition, the worldwide sustainability message was being broadcast loud and clear. As is often the case, similar environmental commitments to sustainability in the U.S. were lagging but as in Europe will eventually translate to North American change. Recently in the US, the conversation around recyclability and sustainability has been gaining traction. In the last 24 months, many large U.S. companies have made a public commitment to replacing plastic packaging with more environmentally friendly alternatives including fiber packaging. 

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Will U.S. Customers Convert From Plastic To Fiber?

A recent study reported that almost 50% of respondents would be willing to pay $0.25 per package if the packaging is environ- mentally friendly. In addition, 30% would pay up to $0.50 per package!  Currently, North America (29% ) and Europe (26%) account for more than half the global demand for molded fiber products. 

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Molded Fiber FAQs

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Why Did Tek Pak Get Into the Molded Fiber Business?

The fiber packaging business is growing exponentially. North America, five-year forecast, is to have a 6.1% increase by 2024 over 2019 fiber packaging needs as part of the global fiber market expansion expected to grow to $5.4 billion. 

It is expected that within the next 4-5 years the U.S. will enact severe restrictions on foam and plastic packaging. Source: Global Molded Fiber Product Market Outlook, Brian Clayson, Freesonia Custom Research, New York, 70-74-2020.  The similarity between plastic thermoform and molded fiber is self-evident. The sheer amount of requirements in Type-3 and Type-4 molded fiber packaging makes entering this market attractive. 

With this anticipated evolution of packaging in the U.S. and Canada, Tek Pak introduced the Molded Fiber Division in 2020 dedicated solely to producing Type-3 and Type-4 molded fiber packaging. Tek Pak will use nearly three decades of knowledge and experience in plastic thermoforming to  expand into the development and prototyping of molded fiber. 

A number of companies with whom Tek Pak has worked now have sustainability commitments. Due to the synergy between plastic and molded fiber, Tek Pak will seamlessly evolve to serve these clients in this new modality. At the same time, our entree into the molded fiber packaging space will also introduce us to new fiber packages. We will look to merit their business in the months and years to come and earn our position as a trusted resource just as we have become in the plastic thermoforming business. 

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The Tek Pak Advantage

Tek Pak not only stands behind their tools and if adjustments need to be made, a 72 to 24-hour turnaround is our standard. 

  • Every tool made is aluminum.

  • Every prototype tool produces a production-quality prototype.

  • Prototyping tools and prototypes are manufactured on an average lead time of 2-3 weeks, but if needed, a one-week turnaround is possible.

  • Production tools can be completed in 4-5 weeks in most cases.
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Want to Talk?

Regarding the future of Molded Fiber offerings at Tek Pak. We’re currently researching, planning, and building an expanded molded fiber department which will include dry molded fiber packaging capabilities for various industries. We appreciate your interest in this exciting new eco-friendly packaging option. Please complete the form on this web page and we will put you on our Molded Fiber waiting list, to be contacted when our expanded Molded Fiber options, products, and programs launch in mid-2024. Until then, thank you for your interest in our Molded Fiber offerings.