The In-Mold Decorating Association is an organization that includes molders, printers, material suppliers and equipment manufacturers who are committed to the development and growth of in-mold decorated products, technologies and markets.
IMDA enhances and supports your business by raising the level of awareness and acceptance of in-mold decorated durable products and in-mold labeled packaging by OEMs, brand owners and marketers. IMDA serves your business by integrating the interests of the entire IML and IMD supply chain through its promotional and educational programs.
Dianna Brodine has been involved with the plastics industry for more than 15 years, covering tool building, injection molding, decorating processes and more.
Jeff Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in the plastics industry, with an emphasis on decorating and assembly processes and including work with SPE’s Decorating & Assembly Division.
President: Bob Travis, InkWorks Printing
Vice President: Joe Hirtzer, Global Packaging
Treasurer: Michael Sansoucy, ARBURG
Tim Curnutt, Distinctive Plastics
Mike Licata, YUPO
Jim Naatz, Sussex IM
Matt Membrino, Netstal Machinery
Jordan Robertson, StackTeck Systems Ltd
Taras Konowal, Muller Technology
Manufacturers of plastic products long accustomed to pressure sensitive or other forms of post-mold decoration are either unaware of the benefits of IML/IMD or consider it to be too complicated and/or too expensive. One of the primary goals of IMDA is to help OEMs and marketers understand that in-mold decoration produces a better product at lower costs.
In 2005, the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) was incorporated in Arizona, where Ron and Myra Schultz were living at the time. Schultz is a chemist with a long history in the in-mold labeling industry and, as the decorating technology gained popularity among brand owners and converters, he answered a growing call for a formal organization. One of organization's first steps was establishing an awards competition in 2007, and the first IMDA Symposium followed in 2013 in Lowell, Massachusetts, with the University of Massachusetts plastics group. In December of 2020, Ron Schultz retired as executive director of the association. The IMDA Board of Directors appointed a new management team, led by Jeff Peterson and Dianna Brodine.
In-mold labeling and decorating is a multi-discipline industry that includes substrate, resin and ink suppliers; printers and converters; injection and blow molders; molding machine, mold and robotics manufacturers; and many others who make up the unique IML/IMD value chain. IMDA is a broadly focused organization made up of people and companies who understand the cooperative efforts needed to make all these disciplines work together for successful IML/IMD projects.
From discounts that impact the bottom line to knowledge sharing and industry resources, the IMDA is committed to providing direct benefits to each and every member - whether brand owners, label printers, tool builders, molders, industry suppliers or academic institutions.
IMDA brings together the entire IML/IMD/IME supply and value chain in a single organization. Working together strengthens the industry while also increasing your company's ability to find resources, increase technical knowledge and gain exposure to new business opportunities. In addition, the association provides tangible benefits that can save your company money and improve operations.
Committees are the engine that powers an associations like IMDA. Members are encouraged to join and participate in one or two committees in areas of interest.
Magazine Articles Sponsorship Promotion
Sustaining and Gold Sponsors
Tradeshow booth operations
Pack Expo – Yearly
NPE – Every 3 years
Jon Knight, Innovia
Jim Naatz, Sussex IM
New Member Recruitment
Formulate membership promotion strategy
Joe Hirtzer, Global Packaging
Tom Towel, General Press
Program for Product Design
ABC’s of IML Seminar
Exhibit Hall with Recruitment of exhibitors
Recruitment of workshop leaders, speakers and keynote speakers
On-line IML & IMD tutorials
Time Curnutt, Distinctive Plastics
Joh Knight, Innovia
Bob Travis, InkWorks Printing
Prepare for the present year Awards competition
Joe Hirtzer, Global Packaging
Stephen Clysdale, Taylor
Jordan Robertson, StackTeck
Taras Konowal, MULLER Technology
This quarterly print and digital magazine reaches a targeted plastics decorating and assembly audience through its print, digital and mobile editions.
Each magazine is packed with information on decorating techniques for plastics, including pad printing, digital printing, hot stamping, heat transfer, in-mold processes and laser marking. Assembly processes are covered, too, with detailed information on adhesives, ultrasonic welding, laser welding, surface treatment and robotics.
This quarterly enewsletter is sent to more than 1,500 targeted IML/IMD industry members – brand owners, label printers, plastics molders, tool builders and more.
By advertising in the enewsletter, your company gains visibility to a worldwide in-mold audience. Position yourself as a market leader across all aspects of the supply chain. Launching a new product? This is an easy way to notify the IML/IMD community.
Color logo and description highlighted on the IMDA website home page
Highlighted as a sponsor in the online IMDA Membership Directory
Color logo on all In-Mold Messenger quarterly enewsletters
Color logo and company description displayed at tradeshows where IMDA has a booth
Webinars are a good way to share knowledge about processes and technology with the IMDA audience. Contact Dianna Brodine at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about webinar opportunties.
The IMDA hosts live and online events throughout the year, in addition to appearances at industry tradeshows. To learn more about upcoming events, visit the IMDA Calendar.