IDES - Celebrating 25 Years Providing Plastics Information Products & Services

For immediate release: June 15, 2011

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IDES - Celebrating 25 Years Providing Plastics Information Products & Services

LARAMIE, WY - Back in 1986, IBM needed a way to reference technical information for the plastics they were using to develop their computer products. At the time, Mike Kmetz was studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming and with the assistance of a graduate computer science student, they developed a searchable database for the plastics IBM was using in their products. The database included technical information for each plastic including property and processing data.

Over the past 25 years, IDES has continued its focus on developing the best database in the industry. Because of this focus, the company now has over 350,000 users of the Prospector web site. These users are from every corner of the world and rely on IDES to provide them with the most current and complete information on plastics possible. The information in the online Prospector Plastics Database includes nearly 85,000 technical datasheets from 850 global resin suppliers and is updated weekly.

About ten years ago, they began providing plastics data management solutions and today host material selectors found on the majority of resin distributors' and resin suppliers' websites. You can see a listing by visiting their customers page.

"Of course our success has always depended on our loyal customers. Their enthusiasm for Prospector has been a continued source of inspiration for us. A special thank you goes out to each and every one of them," said Mike Kmetz, president and founder of IDES. "We hope the next 25 years are as challenging and enjoyable as the first 25!"

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About IDES Inc.
IDES is a plastic materials information management company that provides a search engine and information resources for plastic materials. Their Prospector Plastics Database includes technical datasheets for 85,000 plastics from 850 global resin manufacturers. The company also provides custom information management services for nearly all resin distributors and a number of resin manufacturers. IDES is headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming, with offices in Europe.

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