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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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Small business takes center stage during address


February 7, 2014 10:46 am ET

President Obama's Jan. 28 State of the Union address featured numerous shout outs to small business — including among the First Lady's guests, the plastics industry's own Andra Rush, founder and CEO of Detroit Manufacturing Systems Ltd., which ...

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How important is an M&A strategy?


January 31, 2014 1:04 pm ET

Mergers and acquisitions are important for a pretty big chunk of Plastics News readers. I know that because many of our best-read and most-talked-about stories are about deals.

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Automotive market brings optimism


January 22, 2014 2:26 pm ET

If you're like me, you've been reading for a while about the resurgence of the North American automotive market.

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Economics should drive critical reform


January 14, 2014 2:55 pm ET

As 2014 begins, all you're hearing about is Obamacare, but immigration reform will get some attention. Economics is a big reason: The United States has a skilled worker shortage. And immigrants bring an entrepreneurial energy with them. They start...

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Safety, industry image top PN's 2014 agenda


January 3, 2014 1:16 pm 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 updates and restates its editorial agenda.

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Honoring the best of the worst in 2013


December 16, 2013 3:35 pm ET

Plastics News — once again — gets to share its irreverent annual Plastic Globe awards with you, our loyal readers.

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Turn losers into winners for awards competitions


December 6, 2013 1:42 pm ET

"Let me ask you something,” a resin company representative said to me during the reception prior to this year’s SPE Automotive Innovation Awards gala. “We’ve had parts that make it to the finalists’ list, but what can...

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Counting blessings: Thanks all around


November 22, 2013 2:51 pm ET

The plastics industry has plenty to be thankful for this year. Let's take a look.

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Dueling construction standards offer opportunities for plastics


November 15, 2013 2:41 pm ET

It looks like plastics can still have a starring role in sustainable construction. The General Service Administration is giving federal agencies a choice of green building certification systems, endorsing the Green Building Initiatives' Green Globes ...

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Asian companies step up innovation efforts


November 8, 2013 2:47 pm ET

The growth of Chinese and other Asian companies at major shows is not news, but after spending eight days reporting on K's Asian participants, I think there is something different this time around — the Chinese and other emerging-market Asians ...

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Bemis recalled as folksy, one of kind


November 1, 2013 3:34 pm ET

I lost a friend recently. So did the plastics, engineering and design industries. I didn't know Peter Bemis all that well personally, but he still was one of my favorite people in the industry. So I was truly saddened by word of his passing Oct. 9,...

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Nothing 'virtual' about world of K


October 25, 2013 2:19 pm ET

The K show is the time to press the flesh, to talk to real people, to realize that the plastics industry is truly global. For eight days in October at Messe Düsseldorf every third year, the plastics industry becomes a living, multicultural mass of...

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Toolmakers need skilled workforce


October 4, 2013 2:51 pm ET

The North American tooling sector is looking both strong and lean these days. That's good news. Mold makers were rocked during the Great Recession, especially those that relied on the automotive industry. And that's a huge market for North American...

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