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Food for Thought #9: Sustainable Materials

May 5, 2021: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Manufacturing Incubator at Tech Valley Center of Gravity presents Food for Thought: A Business & Product Development Virtual Luncheon Series.

May 5, 2021 at 12:00pm EST.

Many are trying to develop more sustainable solutions for their products and packaging. It’s a complex issue with no perfect solution. There is also no perfect material; each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Mike Tucker of Tucker Consulting, LLC will pull from his extensive knowledge of the packaging industry to present some considerations when designing plastic products for reuse and recycling. We’ll touch on what materials are the easiest to recycle, biodegradability, and what happens at recycling centers and landfills.

Mike Tucker is a former VP of Sales and Engineering at Sonoco Plastics, a global packaging solutions leader. During his 32 years with Sonoco he developed sales channels and manufacturing operations in several countries, and has worked with major brands such as SC Johnson, McDonalds, and Kraft. His current venture, Tucker Consulting, focuses on assisting businesses with plastic-related projects and helping new business start-ups.

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The Manufacturing Incubator at Tech Valley Center of Gravity offers direct engineering consultation as well as coaching, advice, risk-mitigation strategies and need-based referrals for product development startups. This program is a community based, independent and public program. The ideal clients are those who are developing a physical product and need assistance in prototype development, design for manufacturing, scaling up, or other related design and manufacturing problems.

With our makerspace and prototyping center, you can meet with your incubation team, fabricate your prototype, and manufacture your product all in the same building.

The Manufacturing Incubator is a certified NYS Incubator and affiliated Innovate 518 Hot Spot partner supported by the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR).





May 5, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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