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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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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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U.S. demand for autos back on track for solid growth


May 12, 2014 12:55 pm ET

After a few lackluster months this past winter, U.S. demand for new autos has rebounded this spring.

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Bounty of opportunities dot China's business landscape


May 9, 2014 11:56 am ET

SHANGHAI — Call it China culture shock.

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Construction sector could be getting its groove back


May 5, 2014 12:32 pm ET

After a shaky start in the first quarter of this year, the residential construction sector is now poised to regain upward momentum and get back on a track of steady growth.

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Facing the 'new normal' of economic growth data


May 5, 2014 12:26 pm ET

Statisticians inform us all data series have four primary components — trend, cycle, seasonal and irregular forces at play. With key United States economic data becoming available relative to the first quarter of 2014, we are in a good...

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Plastics jobs continue their ever-so-gradual recovery


April 23, 2014 1:39 pm ET

According to data that is compiled and reported every month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the total number of jobs in the plastics processing industry increased by 1.7 percent in 2013. This followed annual increases of 1.6 percent in 2012 ...

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China's mold making sector plodding forward


April 23, 2014 1:25 pm ET

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching new highs, China's similar indexes are still hovering at a low level. What does the economic barometer indicate?

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Severe winter doesn't impede plastic product manufacturing


March 26, 2014 2:08 pm ET

The total output of plastics products by U.S.-based processors has escalated steadily through the first couple of months this year.

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Design Stories: Putting out-of-the-box thinking into a box


March 4, 2014 9:46 am ET

The first sign that FreshRealm is a different kind of company is its name: two words joined as one with the first letter of the second word capitalized. Another hint: its website domain is a “dot.co” instead of a “dot.com.”

Rigid plastics recycling grows


February 28, 2014 12:17 pm ET

In the spring of 2009, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) and other stakeholders, including the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Plastics Division, resolved to jump-start recycling of these non-bottle rigid plastics with the formation of APR's Rigid Plastics Recycling Program. The outcome has been impressive.

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Asking the right questions


February 19, 2014 2:23 pm ET

Walking the immaculate production floor with a CEO client just before Christmas, he introduced me to one of his salespeople, as we put away our safety glasses in a cabinet. "Russ, I want you to meet, Jeremy. He's one of my superstars. Clone this guy,...

ISO deadline approaching fast


February 7, 2014 10:41 am ET

To those companies who have dropped their ISO 9001:2008 registrations or have been putting off attaining certification, you may want to re-consider your options.

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The art of provocation


January 22, 2014 2:18 pm ET

One of the roles of design is to provoke. But provoking people so they like it is a tricky and sometimes risky proposition. The art of provocation comes down to subtlety — making the audience feel inspired, not provoked.

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