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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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Chinese domestic consumers are key


May 9, 2014 12:04 pm ET

Ten years ago in Shanghai, Plastics News covered the Chinaplas show for the first time. Back then, Milacron had just manufactured its first injection press in China, GE Plastics was still GE Plastics, a dollar exchanged for 8 yuan RMB and Shanghai's ...

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More of our recycling report card


May 2, 2014 11:35 am ET

The first half of my recycling report card averaged a solid B. But you didn't think that I was going to let everyone off that easy, did you?

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Report card on recycling


April 23, 2014 1:51 pm ET

Every year for Earth Day, we’re deluged with reports, news releases and story pitches with an environmental hook. In that spirit, I thought it would be fun to revive a feature that I wrote annually when I covered recycling for Plastics News:...

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Add electronic fraud to the list of business fears


April 14, 2014 12:39 pm ET

The owners of Wrap-Tite Inc. are soft-spoken professionals, but you could feel the humiliation and anger in the voices of Sunny Daga and Suresh Bafna as they recounted how the company lost $500,000 in an email scam. I interviewed them for a Plastics ...

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Wood delivering 'Numbers that Matter' to PN


March 26, 2014 2:21 pm ET

Bill Wood and Plastics News have been running on parallel tracks for the past quarter-century. We just didn't fully realize it until recently.

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Hitting reset on manufacturing and the middle class


March 18, 2014 10:55 am ET

Productivity gains lead to higher wages. That's been an economic mantra forever, or least since Henry Ford doubled wages to $5 a day. Economists call that a virtuous circle. It's not happening anymore. Productivity is rising, but middle class wages...

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Plastics, safety and the media


March 14, 2014 9:35 am ET

Mother Jones tackled the topic of plastics and chemical safety last week with a 6,000+-word-story headlined “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics ... And the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury it.”

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Tech shines as top processor


March 7, 2014 10:34 am ET

The newest Plastics News Processor of the Year, Tech Molded Plastics Inc., offers a good example for other small-to-midsized plastics processors through its balanced, common-sense approach to business.

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Plastics get the blame for Apple's iPhone 5c failure


February 28, 2014 12:34 pm ET

OK, I confess, it was exciting when Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone 5c in September, and design chief Jony Ive called it “beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”

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Twists, turns follow counterfeit part


February 14, 2014 1:34 pm ET

Trying to follow the ongoing Aston Martin recall is like watching a James Bond movie. Just as you think you've figured it out, something unexpected happens.

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Housing market looking bright


February 14, 2014 1:06 pm ET

Before this year's International Builders Show in Las Vegas, I took a dive into our story archives to take a look at our coverage of the past few shows. I spotted one headline from 2008 that was, unfortunately, right on the mark: “It's a lousy ...

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