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Compromise overdue for TSCA reform


October 29, 2014 9:04 am ET

The Toxic Substances Control Act, by all accounts, is not a good law. The members of Congress who voted it into existence knew at the time it wasn't a good law. It's a paper tiger that is supposed to protect American consumers from harmful chemicals ...

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Plastics industry is (still) about innovation


October 22, 2014 2:10 pm ET

You've probably heard the story about Charles Holland Duell, the commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. They say that in 1899 he suggested closing the office, remarking: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

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Trade shows are making a comeback


October 8, 2014 8:04 am ET

Everyone in the plastics industry used to talk about how there were too many trade shows. But with the improving economy and an explosion of interest in new technology, there's definitely a need these days for good events where people can network...

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Lawmakers target plastic bags, bottles


September 18, 2014 2:19 pm ET

California is poised to ban single-use plastic bags. At this point Gov. Jerry Brown could still veto the bill, but that seems extremely unlikely.

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CEO likeability is an unmeasured asset


September 9, 2014 12:01 pm ET

Would you want to work for Artie T.?

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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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MAPP's plant tours: Fun with a purpose


August 11, 2014 1:52 pm ET

Networking is one of the most underrated activities in the business world.

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The industry takes a step forward at Plasticity — now what's next?


August 6, 2014 9:49 am ET

The Plasticity Forum, held June 24 in New York, was a promising step forward for the plastics industry. The question now: What's the next step? Who's taking the lead to make sure that the debate about the sustainability of plastics does not continue ...

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There is no such thing as 'summer break' when you're in the plastics news business


July 31, 2014 10:51 am ET

There's a rhythm in most businesses. The ups and downs of the business cycle paint the big picture. In between, there's the annual schedule that keeps us all hopping.

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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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Finding ways to attract young talent


June 25, 2014 3:57 pm ET

How to attract young people into manufacturing? That is the biggest, long-term issue facing the U.S. plastics industry, mold making and every single factory in the country. It's safe to say that recruiting young people, teaching them the skills ......

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Plastics News looking for the industry's rising stars under 40


June 19, 2014 12:53 pm ET

Millennials and Generation X, it's your turn for the spotlight. I know. The baby boomers have been reluctant to leave the stage. It's the story of your life, right? Your parents, and their generation, have dominated the economic and cultural...

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Chinaplas' best (and worst) translations


June 3, 2014 11:16 am ET

Doing business in China as a multinational company usually is a bilingual or multilingual process. Translation plays such a key role in many aspects — but especially in branding and marketing, and I feel compelled to share two brilliant...

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Dow's Liveris answers Third Point criticism with consistent success


May 28, 2014 3:54 pm ET

It's not even June and Dow Chemical boss Andrew Liveris already has had one heck of a year in 2014.

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Call for entries for annual Processor of the Year award


May 23, 2014 9:37 am ET

The Polar Vortex is over — finally! Spring is in the air. Bees are buzzing. Birds are on the wing, building their nests. And the thoughts of the men and women of the plastics industry are turning to ... the Plastics News Processor of the Year...

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Plastic stocks show promise


May 15, 2014 9:55 am ET

Growth has slowed a bit since the start of 2014 — and, as the saying goes, past performance is not indicative of future results — but overall economic growth should continue at least through 2014, with low-priced feedstocks available...

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