AIN Plastics Named Exclusive Distributor for Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming Syntac® Thermoform Tooling Products

MANSFIELD, Mass., January 8, 2008 - Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming, Inc. has appointed ThyssenKrupp Materials NA AIN Plastics Division, Madison Heights, MI, as exclusive distributor for its Syntac® and Eccolite® Ultra lines of machinable and castable syntactic foams for thermoform tooling. The high-performance Trelleborg family of materials now being handled by AIN Plastics comprises blocks, sheets and rods as well as a castable system. The products support the rapid production of dimensionally stable thermoforming molds and plug assists used in the production of blister and clamshell packaging, medical trays, cups and plates, and automotive components.

According to Richard L. Matthews, vice president of sales & marketing for Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming, "We are pleased to announce our new sales partnership with AIN Plastics. As a long-time distributor of engineering plastics to fabricators and OEMs, AIN combines comprehensive thermoforming industry expertise with a diverse product offering which is complementary to the new Trelleborg tooling line."

In addition to selling Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming tooling materials, AIN Plastics handles its in-house line of laminated pine and mahogany boards for prototype thermoform molds as well as Rampf modeling and tooling boards used for prototype and short-run production thermoform tooling. Supplementing AIN Plastics' strong presence in the thermoforming market is that of sister division Copper and Brass Sales which is one of the largest U.S. distributors of aluminum plate for milling thermoforming molds.

AIN Plastics maintains seven warehouse locations and 14 sales offices throughout the United States. The company is structured around local distribution service centers to provide fast, efficient delivery to customers.

For more information, contact: AIN Plastics, 1750 E. Heights Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071, 877-246-7700, Inquiries may also be made by contacting Dave Bowen, AIN Plastics National Product Manager, 312-933-9561,

Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming is a global leader and innovator in the development and manufacture of hollow glass microspheres-based materials. The products are designed for fabricating composites used in submersibles and submarines, military and commercial aircraft, ballistic and blast protection panels and thermoform tooling. Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming is part of a $4 billion global industrial group with leading-edge expertise in advanced polymer technology. The company has more than 40 technical centers worldwide, operates 100 production plants in 40 countries, and employs approximately 24,000 people.

Richard L. Matthews
VP Sales & Marketing
(562) 631-7470


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