One of the world's leading, custom compounders of plastics—with a 90-plus year history—is the newest IDSA Ambassador.
Teknor Apex was founded in 1924 and offers unmatched expertise in polymer science, plastics processing and application development support. The Rhode Island-based company partners with designers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and processors to develop customized solutions across industries including consumer products such as children's toys; infants' products; personal electronics; sports and leisure equipment; housewares; and appliances. Teknor Apex has global reach—operating more than a dozen manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium, Germany, Singapore and China.
IDSA Ambassadors support the industrial design profession with a primary focus on research, thought leadership and advocacy. “When it comes to utilizing plastics in new products, we’ve identified a gap between product design and manufacturing feasibility," says Elizabeth Ponte of Teknor Apex. "We believe in getting involved early in the product development process in order to ensure the most efficient design for the lowest total cost. By becoming an IDSA Ambassador, we hope to bridge that gap between design and manufacturability—both by sharing our expertise in polymer science and plastics processing, and by gaining insight on how industrial designers think and work. We look forward to the new innovations in plastics technology and product design resulting from bringing these two industries together.”
Founded in 1965, IDSA is one of the oldest and largest membership organizations for industrial design professionals. IDSA sponsors the annual International Design Excellence Awards® (IDEA), the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competition. The Society hosts events including an annual International Conference; five District Design Conferences; and a Medical Design Conference, bringing together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and related fields. INNOVATION, IDSA’s flagship publication, is a highly regarded magazine within the profession. IDSA has thousands of members in dozens of student and professional chapters, and special interest sections, in the United States and internationally.