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Republicans need to send clear message for 2016


February 4, 2015 11:59 am ET

It's time for Republicans to tell us some detailed plans for spreading the economic wealth of this country more broadly. Cleveland — home of the 2016 Republican National Convention — is a great opportunity for the GOP.

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Top talent trends of 2015 taking shape


January 22, 2015 3:07 pm ET

What will be the top talent trends in the plastics workplace in 2015?

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Reshoring impacts are not immediate


January 13, 2015 12:48 pm ET

Leading into 2015 economic indicators are pointing to another positive growth year for America's plastics manufacturing industry.

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Shining light on controversial topics is important


January 6, 2015 3:23 pm ET

Plastics News seeks to be a fair-minded news source, reporting on global developments for the industry and giving people the best information we can so they can make good decisions. We think it's that philosophy that's given us the market strength...

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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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Plastics industry healthier than ever


October 22, 2014 1:58 pm ET

What is it about visiting a plastics factory that never gets old? OK, I'm biased — count me among the “pellet-heads” who love this industry, it's been a part of me for over 30 years.

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India's press market poised for dramatic growth


October 3, 2014 11:38 am ET

MUMBAI, INDIA — India's injection molding press industry is poised for dramatic growth in the current year on the strength of the stable and new Narendra Modi government.

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Timing is critical in hiring process


October 3, 2014 11:33 am ET

From the beginning of my time in the recruiting industry, the term “time kills deals” was beat into my head. I know that the recruiting industry is not the only industry where people use this term, but what it means is that the more time ...

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Benchmark your government relationships


September 17, 2014 12:39 pm ET

Throughout our 19 year history, the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) has, for the most part, avoided being involved in government relations and lobbying. Our colleagues at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. do a very...

Assess your risk to employee kidnapping


September 9, 2014 11:03 am ET

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State issued another warning to U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling in Mexico due to threats to safety and security including kidnapping. In the statement, it said the number of kidnappings throughout Mexico is of particular concern and appears to be on the rise — increasing over 30 percent...

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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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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Despite recent data, recovery remains intact


May 29, 2014 12:52 pm ET

Just when it appeared we had escaped the icy grip of a harsh winter and were poised to take the next step forward in this economic recovery, we get a couple of data reports that suggest the recovery might have taken a step backward.

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A solution to the full wrap shrink recyclability problem? Not so fast


May 23, 2014 9:44 am ET

If you've been following the debate around full wrap shrink labels and PET container recyclability, you might have heard declarations of victory in the wake of recent trials of new mechanical delabeling equipment. Some have claimed that the...

Enticing younger workers is key


May 15, 2014 9:50 am ET

Despite the downturn in the economy, finding skilled factory workers is a tremendous challenge. A recent report by Deloitte Consulting LLC for the Manufacturing Institute, said that while “the manufacturing industry continues to be widely recognized as an indicator of the health of the U.S. economy,” it does not have the requisite...

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