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Finding good workers isn't always about technical skills


February 26, 2015 1:09 pm ET

Business boils down to people. Men and women are employed making things that are bought by people. Pretty simple. But now there's another people angle facing the plastics industry, and all of manufacturing.

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Marine debris still on the rise, need for action remains urgent


February 18, 2015 10:42 am ET

A new study estimates that 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastics are washed into the world's oceans annually — or between 1.5 and 4.5 percent of the world's total plastic production.

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Stihl stood out in excellent field


February 10, 2015 12:15 pm ET

You already know Stihl Inc., the newest Plastics News Processor of the Year, for its chainsaws, string trimmers, leaf blowers and other outdoor power equipment. Now the plastics industry should recognize Stihl as a top-notch plastics operation, with ...

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Materials firms look for stock rebound


January 29, 2015 1:52 pm ET

DuPont Co., A. Schulman Inc. and Rogers Corp. thrived amid the stock market chaos of 2014, but the other 12 publicly held materials firms tracked by Plastics News didn't fare as well.

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'What Keeps You Up At Night' offers executive insights from the industry


January 21, 2015 11:01 am ET

With Brennan Lafferty's new column, "What Keeps You Up At Night?" the PN Publisher will sit down one-on-one with the leader of one company each month.

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Plastics, the environment are not enemies


January 14, 2015 12:39 pm ET

It looks like California voters will get to decide for themselves if the state will ban plastic bags.

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Safety, sustainability can drive the industry forward


January 7, 2015 11:39 am ET

Our editorial agenda is more than the foundation for our weekly opinion columns. It offers a blueprint for a prosperous and sustainable plastics industry. With the start of a new year, Plastics News restates its editorial agenda.

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Toasting the best and worst of 2014


December 17, 2014 6:00 am ET

The plastics industry offered some amusing distractions too, but maybe you were too busy actually working to notice. That's OK, we keep track. Ladies and gentlemen: the 2014 Plastic Globe awards:

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Plastimagen highlights Mexican success


December 12, 2014 11:28 am ET

The dust has settled. The exhibitors and public have gone home. But Plastimagen México 2014, the 19th edition of the show first held in the Mexican capital in 1987, is, it would seem, the new benchmark for Latin America’s plastics industry.

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Machine replacement progress is key


December 3, 2014 12:47 pm ET

The North American plastics industry is on a roll, and that is reflected in our Machinery Outlook special report. The Great Recession is long past and, while plastics processors are understandably still a bit cautious, they are moving ahead with...

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Counting our blessings


November 27, 2014 6:00 am ET

In a spirit of goodwill and, for the most part, positivity (it's not a typical week, I know), let's take a look at some of the best things in the plastics industry this Thanksgiving.

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Science should drive marine litter action


November 12, 2014 11:31 am ET

When it comes to how to fight ocean pollution, the plastics industry always likes to say that it wants sound science to guide government policy. But when it comes to marine litter and plastic bottles, the good science may not be on the industry's...

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Pot takes a backseat to banning bags


November 10, 2014 6:00 am ET

Have we gotten to a point where U.S. voters are comfortable with legalizing marijuana, and also criminalizing plastic bags? And what does that mean to the plastics industry?

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Fakuma smells of optimism, sausage


November 7, 2014 6:00 am ET

Held in picturesque Friedrichshafen, Germany, along Lake Constance, the Fakuma show arrived once again, like a breath of fresh air, Oct. 14-18.

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Germany is set to lead on energy


November 6, 2014 7:44 am ET

When it comes to energy these days, Germany is all about Energiewende — the aggressive plan to wean the country off fossil fuels, to a future of wind and solar. The United States? Frack on, baby!

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Taipei Plas shines light on a wider world of plastics, emerging markets


October 30, 2014 12:21 pm ET

A trip to a show like Taipei Plas in Taiwan is a nice reminder that there's a whole world in the plastics industry outside the top technology shown at mega-events in “mature” economies, like Germany's K Fair, NPE in the United States and ...

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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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