Dr Thomas E Brady, founder of Plastic Technologies Inc (PTI), was recently awarded the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Plastic Engineers’ (SPE) Blow Molding Division.
The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to blow molding technology.
Dr Brady is well known in the plastics and packaging industries as a technology innovator and founder of seven PTI-related companies. The flagship company, PTI, first opened its doors in 1985. Today, the companies employ 200 people worldwide and operate from corporate locations in Holland and Bowling Green, Ohio, as well as Yverdon, Switzerland.
“I thank SPE for this prestigious honour. I also would like to thank all of the employees at PTI who have made the company the plastics packaging thought leader it is today. My family also has played an important contribution. Their continued support throughout my career encouraged me to forge new paths,” Dr Brady said.
Prior to founding PTI, Dr Brady was vice president of plastics technology for Owen-Illinois Inc (O-I). There, he led the development of the first PET soft drink containers and directed the technical activities of O-I’s plastic product lines.
As a researcher at O-I, Dr Brady was part of the team that studied molecular orientation in PET and the stretch blow molding process. The culmination of this pioneering work was the introduction of the first continuous rotary reheat stretch blow molding machine in the United States. This led to the commercialisation of PET as a preferred option for many rigid packaging applications. Dr Brady’s initial vision for PTI was to provide technical development services for those wishing to enter the PET arena. The resulting projects continued to fuel commercializations for PET containers and bottles.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Dr. Brady also pushed for the development of recycling technology. Phoenix Technologies was formed in 1992 and is now one of the largest global recyclers of PET for bottle and blow molding applications.
Over the span of his career, Dr Brady has been active in the Society of Plastics Engineers, the International Plastics Processing Society, the American Chemical Society and The Ohio Polymer Strategies Council. Additionally, he has served on the Industrial Advisory Boards for The Materials Science Department at the University of Michigan and for the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences at UT.
Currently, he is the interim dean of the University of Toledo’s Judith Herb College of Education.
Dr Brady earned his PhD in plastic materials engineering from the University of Michigan and his master’s and bachelor’s engineering science degrees from Dartmouth College.
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