Being a vertically integrated thermoformer enables Vantage Plastics to create innovative products for its customers. “We do not depend on off-site suppliers’ timelines to supply our needs in extruded sheet,” President Paul Aultman insists. “We buy the resin that we use, which allows our customers more value and us some margin opportunity vs. buying the sheets from an outside source. This allows the flexibility of coming up with your own products and controlling them.”
One example of a product that is exclusive to Vantage Plastics is a compound called VanTech. It is coextruded on preproduction flat sheet by Vantage’s sister company, Airpark Plastics LLC. Subsequent products such as trays have the shape of a component molded into them and are used to package components and assemblies for transport to production lines.