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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is plastics thermoforming?
What are plastic thermoformed packages?
What types of plastic packaging materials does Dordan thermoform?
What end-markets does Dordan provide custom thermoformed clamshells and containers to?
Does Dordan provide food packaging packaging ?
Does Dordan provide medical and pharmaceutical packaging?
Does Dordan offer stock clamshells?
Does Dordan manufacture plastic packaging in America?
Does Dordan Manufacturing provide contract packaging/turnkey solutions/fulfillment services?
Does Dordan offer easy-open features on its clamshell packaging?
Does Dordan Manufacturing machine its own tools?
What type of packaging design services does Dordan provide?
How big is Dordan and where is it located?


What is plastics thermoforming?

Plastics thermoforming is a conversion 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. The sheet, or "film" when referring to thinner gauges and certain material types, is heated in an oven to a high enough temperature that it can be stretched into or onto a mold and cooled to a finished shape.

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What are thermoformed packages?

Plastic thermoformed packages are the thin-gauge, rigid plastic packaging that is applicable to most consumer products for its protection, performance and cost. Examples of plastic thermoformed packages include plastic clamshells, plastic blisters, and plastic trays. Thermoformed work-in-process or dunnage trays represent another application for plastics thermoforming; here the thermoformed parts serve a functional purpose outside the merchandising of consumer products goods, like assembly or distribution efficiencies. Plastic thermoformed packages come in all shapes and sizes and their application to protecting and displaying consumer products in an aesthetically pleasing and economically competitive way is versatile.


What types of plastic packaging materials do you thermoform?

100% post consumer RPET, APET/PETE, PETG, RPETG, Anti-stat/ESD materials, PVC, PS, ABS, PP, PE, HIPS, RHIPS, HDPE, RHDPE, LDPE, FDA-certified materials, freezer-proof certified materials, medical-grade materials, custom color matching.


What end-markets does Dordan provide custom thermoformed packaging solutions to?

As custom thermoformers, Dordan provides plastic clamshells and thermoformed containers to most consumer and industrial end-markets like:

  • Consumer Product Goods

  • Housewares & hardwares

  • Consumer electronics

  • Health & beauty

  • Medical device packaging

  • Manufacturers/assemblers


Does Dordan provide food packaging?

Dordan has experience designing and manufacturing food packaging solutions in a variety of food-grade and FDA-certifed materials.


Does Dordan provide medical device packaging solutions?

Dordan offers light-medical packaging solutions that do not require production in a clean room. Dordan is ISO 9001:2008 certified, allowing us to meet the packaging quality requirements of most medical device manufacturers. 


Does Dordan offer stock clamshell packaging?

Yes, we offer a selection of Dordan-owned stock tooling that allows us to manufacture custom runs for our clients.


Does Dordan manufacture thermoformed packaging in America?

Dordan is proud to manufacture packaging in America; this allows us to ensure that quality standards are being met throughout the entire package design and thermoforming process.


Does Dordan Manufacturing offer contract packaging and/or fulfillment services?

Dordan is primarily a designer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed products and packaging. If your packaging needs fall outside these parameters, we will work with our supply chain partners to provide you with the solution you are looking for.


Does Dordan offer easy-open clamshell packaging?

Yes, Dordan offers easy-open clamshells.


Does Dordan Manufacturing manage inventory?

Yes, we manage inventory in our temperature controlled warehouse. Learn more about our supply chain management solutions here.


Does Dordan machine it's own thermoform tools; if so, what type?

Yes, Dordan has an in-house tool and die shop at our Woodstock, IL facility; this allows the same team of packaging engineers that create the custom package design to create your CNC-machined aluminum tooling, resulting in a seamless transition from concept to reality.

All tooling--prototype and production--is machined out of aircraft-quality aluminum on our large format CNC machining centers. Trim headers, die build-up, locators and assist plugs--which are all critical to superb forming-- are machined in the same way. Die boards for cutting dies are burned on a CNC laser and the steel rule is bent, notched and cut by a precision automated machine. Finally, all of these components are finished and assembled by skilled craftsman to produce the ultimate blend of craftsmanship and technology.


What type of packaging design services does Dordan offer?

Dordan's package design team can create thermoform designs from scratch, take existing designs and add optimizing features, or, replicate existing designs. Before moving to prototype Dordan offers its clients a variety of digital renderings to represent package design concepts, including, but not limited to: 3D Animations, photo realistic renderings, VRML, PDF, Microsoft Office Document Files, Wire Frames, Engineer Drawings, Die Lines for Insert Cards; and, Dordan can import/export the following types of engineering files: IGES, X_T, STEP, DXF. 


What size is Dordan and where is it located?

Dordan Manufacturing is located 50 miles northwest of Chicago in Woodstock, IL. Spanning over 50,000 square feet, Dordan is a state of the art facility, equipped with the most current thermoforming, software and machining technologies available. At the Woodstock facility, Dordan has the capacity to convert 75,000,000 pounds of material annually.