Vacuum forming is a simplified version of thermoforming, where a sheet of plastic is heated to a forming temperature, stretched onto a single-surface mold, and forced against the mold by a vacuum. This process can be used to form plastic into permanent objects such as turnpike signs and protective covers.

Thermoforming is a manufacturing process where a plastic sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature, formed to a specific shape in a mold, and trimmed to create a usable product.

Here at Tasman, we are especially proud of our partners in the vacuum and thermoforming industry. In GN Plastics, we represent one of the most famous names in the thermoforming packaging industry. The GN name is known worldwide for their quality and technology in the ever growing packaging sector.

The name Formech continues to gain a worldwide reputation. From its beginnings in the education industry, Formech vacuumformers are now used by many of the world’s leading industrial, consumer, aerospace, entertainment, and arts organizations. The range of products and workmanship has gained Formech a worldwide audience of the highest quality.

Since 1982 Formech has worked closely with the world’s leading companies and educational and R & D institutions to develop a range of vacuum forming machines, which are easy to use and deliver consistent results with the most challenging applications.  Formech has developed an aesthetically pleasing, sophisticated and user friendly machine range, which resides in the R&D labs of many of the world’s leading brands, companies and institutions including Dupont, VW Group, McLaren, BE Aerospace, Dyson, Disney, Ferrero Roche, and the worlds leading universities. Here in Australia and New Zealand, Formech vacuum formers are used extensively across universities, TAFES, polytechs, and schools, allowing students to excell in their learnings.

GN Thermoforming Equipment is recognized around the world as one of the foremost manufacturers of thermoformers, plastic packaging machines and tooling. GN's reputation for quality and attention to customer service has made GN the supplier of choice for leading manufacturers of plastic packaging in more than 60 countries worldwide. GN Thermoforming Equipment offers a full range of machine models and technical services, including design consultation, material selection and precision tooling. Our skilled team of professionals prides itself in offering our customers more than just great plastic packaging machines. GN provide complete solutions to their plastic product needs. From prototype development through equipment selection, installation and comprehensive after-sale support, our attention to detail and commitment to customer service ensure lasting satisfaction.

Van Dam is a world renowned leader & innovator in high quality dry offset printing machines and photographic IDF printing machines for rigid packaging. Van Dam's core values: quality, robustness and reliability stand for excellent customer service and the development of new technologies based on customer needs that result in higher production output and the best printing quality


Van Dam has developed a new decoration technology, a combination of two decoration principles Dry Offset and Flexo. This new technology, In-Direct Flexo (IDF), mixes the high speed of Dry Offset with the constant high printing quality and easy operations of Flexo. IDF offers easy operation, consistent high quality decoration and endless design possibilities.

The mission statement of Van Dam is to be the leading worldwide supplier of high quality printing equipment for shaped plastic packaging material. To be so, our people are innovative and customer focused and at their best when working in teams of solution-based cross functional teams. As a market-leader we intend to have a recognized difference with our competitors on quality and customer demands.

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