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Different tactic to compete


August 2, 2013 3:53 pm ET

A review of plastics industry reports reveals an emphasis on cost, product innovation and trade measures to achieve competitiveness, and even a competitive advantage. However, there are more ways to acquire advantage than through slow-moving government relations, new products and organizing internal operations beyond ship-shape — all well-...

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Job recruitment goes mobile


July 19, 2013 3:33 pm ET

The average American mobile subscriber owns 1.57 mobile devices, according to Wireless Intelligence, the research arm of the GSM Association (an association of mobile operators). It's even higher in the rest of the world. A July 2012 report from...

China eyes coal revolution


July 12, 2013 3:17 pm ET

Unlike in the U.S., where more than 60 percent of the crackers are fed by ethane extracted from natural gas that comes out of abundant gas reserves, China is eyeing a revolution of its own. Coal-to-olefins, an alternative route from the conventional oil route for the production of olefins, looks promising in order to lower China's position in the...

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'China-plus-one' strategy taking root


July 3, 2013 4:25 pm ET

After years of China being the overwhelming focus of plastics investment in Asia, there's new data showing that molding companies are spreading themselves around the region, as manufacturers develop their own versions of a “China-plus-...

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SPI safety program valuable


June 21, 2013 2:36 pm ET

Nypro enthusiastically participates in SPI's Safety Statistics and Awards Program and is proud to have 10 of its U.S. manufacturing sites recognized for above-average safety for 2012.

Try trade show networking


June 14, 2013 3:30 pm ET

Networking for a new job at a trade show is by no means anything new, but it is something that is often overlooked. Here are a few suggestions to getting your "foot in the door" at a new company at a trade show.

Can't hire the best? Here's why


June 7, 2013 3:55 pm ET

Finding the top people in any field used to be really hard. I'm talking about just finding them — not attracting them, hiring them and retaining them. Just finding them was hard. But technology and data, moving at blinding speed, have changed all that.

3-D printing & plastics’ future


May 31, 2013 2:44 pm ET

3-D printing can revolutionize recycling by making it directly profitable to consumers as well as practical and easy.

Retaining customers critical


May 3, 2013 4:52 pm ET

We all know it’s easier to retain a customer than to find a new one. However, many manufacturers continue to pour millions of dollars into new business development while neglecting simple customer-retention strategies.

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