Resin makers aren't sweating oil prices

April 17, 2015 11:53 am ET

Prices for resin, feedstocks, oil and gasoline all are down from their mid-2014 peaks. But these drops haven't been enough to quicken the pulses of materials executives that Plastics News talked with at NPE 2015 in Orlando, Fla.


Weird theft doesn't slow exhibitor

April 7, 2015 11:52 am ET

Over the years, Plastics News has reported on some strange trade-show mishaps. But the theft of a truck, and subsequent damage to two Wittmann Battenfeld injection presses, is the weirdest one.


Activists take aim at companies they consider 'financial underperformers'

April 3, 2015 9:25 am ET

After dealing with activists, officials with materials makers Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Co. and Omnova Solutions probably would welcome a few passive investors.


National income gap can be closed by fixing skills gap

April 1, 2015 10:14 am ET

NPE 2015, the glorious feast of technology, happened at an important point for the plastics industry. Things look great right now. Longer-term, however, the industry faces major challenges of so-called “soft skills” involving people...


New name for our European partners

March 24, 2015 9:34 am ET

Sometimes a subtle change can make a big difference.


Plastics in the news, and in the minds of the public

March 19, 2015 6:00 am ET

I've spotted a few plastics-related stories on other news sites in the past couple of weeks that are worth sharing — at least in part because of the reaction they got from readers.


Just how real is the high recycling rate for post-industrial plastics?

March 12, 2015 10:24 am ET

The plastics industry may have something to be proud of — a very high recycling rate for post-industrial plastics.


'Listen to the Science' ads a start, but consumers still need education

March 5, 2015 11:36 am ET

Since joining Plastics News — and therefore learning more than the average consumer about the business and science of plastics — there have been more than a few times when I thought my husband was going to have to physically remove me...


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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...


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.


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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