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Better tariff strategy needed in India


July 22, 2014 12:39 pm ET

What's the best way for an emerging economy to strengthen an under-developed plastics industry? Protective tariffs around key sectors, or open the gates to global competition? India's plastics industry seems determined to try the first approach.

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China's education evolution leaves door open for plastics apprenticeships


July 15, 2014 3:03 pm ET

My father didn't get to go to college after high school, thanks to the Cultural Revolution that left China's educational system in disarray.

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Hold Page 1, we've got merger news


July 9, 2014 2:05 pm ET

There have been so many changes in ownership among plastics companies in the past few years that they all start to run together.

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Medical equipment output remains strong despite drop


June 10, 2014 12:33 pm ET

The Federal Reserve Board's monthly index that measures U.S. industrial production of medical equipment and supplies registered 120.8 in April (in 2002, it was 100). This value was down slightly from the previous month, but it represented a gain of...

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The dichotomy of inside and outside quality


June 9, 2014 1:27 pm ET

Does your sales staff or top management read the customer purchase orders when they are submitted to determine customer requirements to ensure capability?

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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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