Bob Cree, president and co-founder of Addex Inc., a supplier of high-performance components for blown film lines, got into the plastics industry by accident 33 years ago. But the breakthroughs that he and his company achieved were well-planned.

Cree, 60, is an avid pilot who flies across the U.S. and Canada calling on customers. His knowledge of aviation helped him and a colleague to apply airplane wing aerodynamics to a 40-year old industry problem that they eventually developed into the company’s Intensive Cooling technology. The Technology dramatically increases the output of blown film lines. He shared his experiences with Plastics Machinery Magazine senior staff reporter Bruce Adams.