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Sometimes the headline doesn't match the story

By  Don Loepp    |    September 22, 2014 2:56 pm ET    |   Comments

If you want an idea of why some people think plastic packaging is dangerous, check out this story.

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Here's a peek behind our 2014 film & sheet ranking

By  Don Loepp    |    September 15, 2014 1:22 pm ET    |   Comments

Today Plastics News publishes its annual ranking of North American Film and Sheet Manufacturers. Let's look at some interesting numbers behind the ranking.

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Weighing in on top plastics personalities

By  Don Loepp    |    September 8, 2014 5:12 pm ET    |   Comments

My inspiration today comes from the world of journalism, sports and celebrity.

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How's the media treating plastics these days?

By  Don Loepp    |    August 27, 2014 10:49 am ET    |   Comments

In my daily searches for breaking news, I tend to come across a lot of interesting stories about plastics that don't really fit anywhere specifically, but I'd still like to share them with Plastics Blog readers. Here are a few of my recent favorites.

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A peek behind our 2014 ranking of rotational molders

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm ET    |   Comments

Today Plastics News published its annual ranking of North American rotational molders. Here are some interesting facts about the data.

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More reshoring success stories with Wal-Mart connections

By  Don Loepp    |    August 21, 2014 6:11 pm ET    |   Comments

I feel like a fortune teller this week. Maybe I should pick up some lottery tickets.

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Small country introducing plastic coins

By  Don Loepp    |    August 20, 2014 10:48 am ET    |   Comments

You've heard of countries adopting plastic currency, to replace paper money. How about plastic coins, to replace metal? It's hard to believe but true. The tiny republic of Transnistria is introducing composite coins that it claims are difficult to counterfeit.

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Plastics company CEO speaks out on immigration reform

By  Don Loepp    |    August 11, 2014 12:15 pm ET    |   Comments

Kevin Kelly, CEO of flexible packaging company Emerald Packaging Inc., has written a powerful story for the National Catholic Reporter about the need for immigration reform in the United States, and the impact of the current system on employers and workers.

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Toyota cutting its fabled 'andon' cord

By  Rhoda Miel    |    August 6, 2014 10:04 am ET    |   Comments

Toyota is cutting the cord. No, we're not talking about a cable TV bill, but potentially something much bigger when it comes to manufacturing trends.


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Coal-to-olefins may not be an immediate threat

By  Nina Ying Sun    |    July 31, 2014 10:56 am ET    |   Comments

China's coal-derived plastics are unlikely to form any substantial impact in the resin market in the near term, as new capacity projects are running into issues.

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Shaanxi Yanchang successfully launched polypropylene production on July 1.


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