Performance Plastics Ltd is pleased to announce the addition of a new Sales & Marketing Lead, Aileen Crass.  Aileen joins Performance Plastics with 10 years’ experience working with manufacturers who offer highly-engineered, tight tolerance products for the medical, aerospace/defense and power generation industries. Aileen will be based out of our Cincinnati, OH location, and will have responsibility over marketing operations and inside sales.

“Aileen brings a wealth of experience in marketing, sales and a history of demonstrated success to our company,” said Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Performance Plastics.  “The addition of Aileen as a sales leader is a statement of our continuing commitment to provide our customers with the excellent service they expect from an industry leader. We are excited that Aileen has joined our team and look forward to continued growth.”

Aileen brings with her broad sales & marketing knowledge as well as a variety of custom product applications.  She has outside sales experience within the industrial sector; including graphite machining and material sales.  She commented, “I am excited to be joining a growing team and look forward to bringing my experience to help grow the business.”

Performance Plastics is a custom injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components for markets including Medical, Energy, Aerospace/Defense, and Industrial


Many industrial processes require high performance materials in friction/wear applications. Traditionally this has been the realm of lubricated metals, but with the increasing demand for performance and lighter weight specifications, advancements in material science have brought engineered plastics to the forefront. Engineered plastics bring the benefits of lighter weight, longer part life cycles and lower failure rates. These applications were previously only possible with metal. Performance Plastics injection molds engineered plastics in complex geometries with extreme dimensional tolerances. The material space in play requires wear resistance, high strength, high temperature resistance, and low creep in a non-lubricated environment.

Friction/Wear applications are those that encompass wear, friction and lubrication interactions that produce surfaces that behave in relative motion in natural and artificial systems. They are complex, multi-disciplinary applications which require contributions from engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Friction/Wear applications can be found in healthcare, aerospace, nanotechnology and most importantly in applications enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprints.

Friction/Wear applications using polymers and their composites include gears, bearings, bushings, coatings, automobile brake pads and various other types of surfaces for optimum tactile performance. Performance Plastics partners with the experts at PBI Performance Products utilizing their proprietary product Celazole ® and our joint technologies to offer our customers specialized solutions to their most challenging issues.

Performance Plastics, located in Cincinnati, OH has over 30 years’ experience in molding specialized fluoropolymers for the aerospace, medical, power generation and other industries. We have developed proprietary processes enabling products that provide wear resistance, high strength and high temperature resistance.

For more information and solutions, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at 513.321.8404 or email: [email protected].

As we get closer and closer to developing a safe and effective vaccine for the current COVID-19 epidemic, another national crisis is amidst. The shortage of specialized medical grade glass containers could delay the response to delivering the vaccine.

The task of delivering a vaccine to the majority of the world’s population is so vast that global production of pharmaceutical vials needs to be ramped up by 20% within two years, a job the AMA says requires immediate preparation. Under the best of circumstances, a 20% increase in two years will create shocks to the supply chain.

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The shortage in glass has been an ongoing issue. With all the usual consumers of recyclable glass (restaurants and bars) being closed due to the pandemic, the large volume of glass supplies needed are simply not available to meet demand. With the need for glass going up and the supply of glass going down, the requirement for an alternative material to produce the needed vials is desperate.

Highly engineered thermoplastic materials such as Fluoropolymer’s are a great, economical alternative material to medical grade glass. Their inherent properties of transparency, compatibility with organic compounds and unmatched durability make them ideal for the medical industry. And most important, there is plenty of material. Thermoplastic vials can be produced and delivered as demand increases with minimal lead-time.

Performance Plastics, located in Cincinnati, OH has over 30 years’ experience in molding fluoropolymers for the medical industry. We have developed proprietary processes enabling the tooling and injection of small, thin-walled, complex medical consumables.

For more information and solutions, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at 513-321-8404 or email [email protected].