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

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Higher profits and rising blood pressure


August 27, 2014 12:19 pm ET

Company CEOs are typically big supporters of capitalism and the free market, and they should be. It's a great system for raising the standard of living, rewarding hard work and encouraging efficiency.

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Wal-Mart's 'Made in the USA' campaign is a great opportunity for reshoring effort


August 21, 2014 6:12 pm ET

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has attracted a lot of attention with its latest “Made in the USA” push, and that's been by design. TV ads that highlight the plan, with scenes from manufacturing plants — full of workers, by the way, and not...

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Spotlight on new talent in the industry


August 13, 2014 11:15 am ET

This week's issue includes 20 profiles of some young high achievers — our first-ever batch of Plastics News Rising Stars. And I have an important comment about that, right off the bat: I would have liked to have at least 20 more.

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North American Plastics Alliance celebrates three years, and welcomes Anipac


August 20, 2014 1:35 pm ET

Three years ago, the three leading plastics industry associations in the U.S. and Canada formally joined forces to create the North American Plastics Alliance (NAPA). Although we already were cooperating on many issues, we agreed that by memorializing a commitment to work together we could create efficiencies and be more effective as...

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New regulations favor plastic manufacturers


August 13, 2014 11:03 am ET

In the past nine months, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued two sets of regulations that are favorable to plastics manufacturers. These regulations relate to the definition of research expenditures and the ability to elect the simplified...

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Finding the true value of mentoring


July 31, 2014 10:45 am ET

There's a common thread when I speak with thought leaders in the plastics industry. Most of them attribute a big part of their success to having a great mentor.

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Roger Jones was a pioneer in reinforced thermoplastics


May 23, 2014 9:34 am ET

Roger Jones was a true pioneer in the reinforced thermoplastics industry.

Aston Martin learned what we've known about complex supply chain


April 23, 2014 1:32 pm ET

The story of the United States' trade deficit with China (over $318 billion in 2013) is one that most of us are familiar with. Cheaper labor costs and more limited regulations often mean that “Made in China” is cheaper than “Made in America.” But as the executives at Aston Martin will tell you, the true costs of outsourcing ...

Cease and desist progress?


March 26, 2014 2:00 pm ET

So, our industry continues to rebound, and the future of the plastics industry looks much brighter than it has in many years. We all deserve to feel very proud of our accomplishments.

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Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

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2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

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