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Cartoons, opinion columns by Plastics News staffers, plus letters and perspective columns from our readers.

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Toasting the best and worst of 2014


December 17, 2014 6:00 am ET

The plastics industry offered some amusing distractions too, but maybe you were too busy actually working to notice. That's OK, we keep track. Ladies and gentlemen: the 2014 Plastic Globe awards:

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Plastimagen highlights Mexican success


December 12, 2014 11:28 am ET

The dust has settled. The exhibitors and public have gone home. But Plastimagen México 2014, the 19th edition of the show first held in the Mexican capital in 1987, is, it would seem, the new benchmark for Latin America’s plastics industry.

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Machine replacement progress is key


December 3, 2014 12:47 pm ET

The North American plastics industry is on a roll, and that is reflected in our Machinery Outlook special report. The Great Recession is long past and, while plastics processors are understandably still a bit cautious, they are moving ahead with...

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Perspective
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Remember: We're all on the same team


December 12, 2014 11:16 am ET

Plastics is an extremely diverse industry, with companies using several different business models to successfully sell a wide variety of products to hundreds of different sectors and customer bases. But it's important to remember that, when it comes ...

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Leaders can help close the skills gap


November 12, 2014 8:30 am ET

One of the best parts of working for a trade association is getting a glimpse of the goals and challenges of not just one business, but hundreds. Over the past six months, as managing director of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors ...

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Pay gap large between small, big firms


November 6, 2014 8:06 am ET

People always talk about the huge gap between executive compensation and the pay of the average worker.

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Frivolous lawsuits drag us down


September 9, 2014 10:00 am ET

I applaud Mr. Duffy's article in your Mailbag section (“Cease and desist progress?” March 24).

Industry can't attract top talent without help


September 9, 2014 9:55 am ET

Bill Bregar’s Viewpoint article in the June 6 Plastics News was right on regarding attracting young talent. As manufacturers, we have to stop complaining about the lack of qualified employees and do something about it. By now we should realize that no one else is going to help us.

'Rising Stars' shows improvement in industry


September 9, 2014 9:51 am ET

Kudos on Plastics News recognition of the 2014 “Rising Stars.” [Aug. 11 special report]

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