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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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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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