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Dr. Tom Brady’s Book Gears Up for LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience 2023

Dr. Tom Brady shares with readers the history of the PET bottle industry.


Catch Dr. Tom Brady’s book display at the LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience.

Self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet is all set to display the business history book “History of the PET Bottle” by Dr. Tom Brady at LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience on January 27–30, 2023, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

“History of the PET Bottle” tells the story of how the PET bottle industry was created and developed from 1972 to the present day. This book fulfills Tom’s long-term goal of documenting the history of this important packaging product industry and also includes many relevant stories written by Tom’s former colleagues in the PET industry.

Dr. Brady discusses the fascinating history of PET bottles for the food, medical, and personal care product industries, including the development of the now very successful PET plastic recycling industry.

As one of the very first plastics engineers in the world to develop and commercialize PET container packaging, Dr. Brady uses this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relate the complete history of PET packaging in this recently published and enlightening book.

Learn more and get a copy of Dr. Tom Brady’s “History of the PET Bottle.” Available on Amazon, BookBaby, and ThriftBooks.

History of the PET Bottle
Author | Dr. Tom Brady
Genre | Business History
Publisher | BookBaby
Published date | August 10, 2022

Dr. Brady is one of the pioneers of the modern PET packaging industry. He began his career carrying out fundamental research on plastic packaging technology and led the commercialization of PET bottle technology at Owens-Illinois before leaving to found Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) and six other packaging-related companies that have continued to lead the development and commercialization of PET packaging.

Over 40 years, Dr. Brady and his colleagues have received more than 150 patents relating to PET packaging and recycling, and “many of the products you buy every day are sold in plastic containers designed by one of the PTI companies,” he told Plastics News.

After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Plastic Materials Engineering, Dr. Brady joined Owens-Illinois, Inc. as a Senior Scientist in 1972, just as the carbonated soft drink companies were asking their suppliers to create and offer family-size carbonated beverage containers, which required an industry-wide conversion from glass and aluminum to plastic.

As a result, over a short 10-year period, Dr. Brady, his colleagues, and other industry plastic package suppliers created an entirely new industry to supply sustainable PET packaging to beverage, food, and personal care product brand owners.

When Owens-Illinois began questioning its involvement in plastic packaging because the plastic was beginning to impact its glass container business, Dr. Brady and many of his R&D colleagues who had helped to diversify Owens-Illinois’ business portfolio left the company to either start or operated other major businesses that helped to transform the entire packaging industry.

Dr. Brady has written and published three books to capture his entire 50-year career in plastic packaging, including:

  1. “The Impact of Owens-Illinois on the World” - tells the stories of thirty former O-I employees who, without competing with Owens-Illinois, employed their talents to create or nurture many dynamic and successful business enterprises.
  2. History of the PET Bottle” - tells the story of the development of the PET bottle from 1972 until today.
  3. Plastic Technologies, Inc. - Our Story” - captures the contributions of hundreds of PTI and PTI Company employees and owners to the plastic packaging industry over the past 36 years.


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