IMDA Annual Seminar to Offer Decorating Basics


SCOTTSDALE, AZ | The In-Mold Decorating Association ( announces The ABC’S of IML: A Basic Course, to be held May 5, 2015, at the Doubletree Chicago North Shore Hotel and Conference Center, Skokie, IL. 

This seminar is designed for current and potential users and suppliers of in-mold labeled and decorated products, including:

• Buyers and Purchasing agents

• Brand Owners • Users of In-Mold Labeled Containers

• Molders & Marketers of Durable Products • Label Converters and Printers

• Injection Molders, Blow Molders and Thermoformers

• Label Substrate Suppliers

• Suppliers of Inks, Coatings. and Adhesives

• Converting Equipment Manufacturers • IML/IMD Mold and Automation Suppliers

The speaker will be Ronald B. Schultz, executive director, IMDA, and president of RBS Technologies. Ron Schultz has more than 50 years of experience in the adhesives, coatings, and converting industries. He became involved in in-mold labeling in 1979. Schultz established RBS Technologies in January 1989 to serve the marketing and technical problem solving needs of the flexible packaging industry and its suppliers. He has presented this continually updated seminar since 1989.

Schultz was also instrumental in establishing the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) in 2005. He holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Chemistry from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.

Following is the agenda:


How in-mold labeling differs from other labeling methods in blow molding, injection molding, and thermoforming.

The advantages and disadvantages of the in-mold labeling process and comparisons to other techniques.

In-mold labeling for packaging (IML) compared with in-mold decoration (IMD) of durable goods.

Sustainability of the in-mold labeling process.

Recyclability of in-mold labeled products


The converting and printing processes used to make in-mold labels.

Heat seal labels and how they work.

Adhesive requirements and function.

Adhesive, paper base stock, and film suppliers.

Advantages of film vs paper labels and the available film substrates.

Critical tests for IML


The major in-mold label converters, printers, and end users.

Current in-mold label market size and historical growth.

Cost of film vs paper labels.

In-mold labeled products.

Getting started in IML.

Overview of global IML markets.

The Future of IML

Future in-mold label market needs and industry trends.

Challenges to in-mold labeling.

The speaker will be available for one-on-one questions.

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