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...


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...


McDonald's nixes PS foam ... again: Fast-food giant hops on ban wagon

September 27, 2013 1:58 pm ET

Polystyrene foam has taken another body blow from McDonald's Corp., which famously abandoned the PS clamshell burger package way back in 1990. Today's target: the PS foam hot-drink cup.


Cultivate skilled, educated labor by opening doors on Manufacturing Day

September 20, 2013 2:41 pm ET

The entire U.S. manufacturing industry is coming together on one day, Oct. 4, to open factory doors in an effort to dispel myths about careers in this field, to address the skilled-labor shortage and to raise a collective voice for manufacturing in...


China's booming development produces pipe industry on steroids

September 13, 2013 5:40 pm ET

Here's a plastics-related fact about China's industrialization that grabbed me: The country now produces and uses about half the plastic pipe in the world.


Economies in India, Brazil disappointing

September 6, 2013 4:42 pm ET

Materials and energy giants Braskem SA of Brazil and Reliance Industries Ltd. of India are holding their own, in spite of economic turmoil in their respective countries.But it's worrisome that those economies remain unsteady.


Dog days are good for materials firms' stocks

August 23, 2013 2:26 pm ET

As the stock market moves through the dog days of August, executives with most publicly held plastic materials makers have to be happy with how their firms' per-share stock prices have done in 2013.


PN launches series by Gaylon White

August 19, 2013 10:39 am ET

I'm delighted this week to introduce a feature I have long wanted to include in Plastics News: a design column authored by Gaylon White.


Is your company the best place to be?

August 9, 2013 6:00 am ET

Why hide your light under a bushel? Most of us are proud of working in the plastics industry — America's third-largest manufacturing sector. If you're reading this, then I don't need to tell you how plastics lubricates the gears of much of our ...


'Green' building relies on plastics

August 2, 2013 2:54 pm ET

If your goal is to go “green” in the construction market, plastics have a lot to offer. Plastic building products combine low cost with energy efficiency. That's the plastics industry's sustainability mantra. It's uncomplicated and...


Are small companies set for Obamacare?

July 19, 2013 1:44 pm ET

After a brief, unscientific survey, it seems the U.S. plastics industry is a pretty good place to be working right now, at least from a health-care benefit standpoint.


Salary surveys show plastics industry wages on the rise

July 12, 2013 3:21 pm ET

Wages are going up for employees in the plastics industry. Don't forget, that's good news.


Resin Identification Code change could shape public's view

July 3, 2013 4:46 pm ET

Changes are coming — at last — to the Resin Identification Code. While the changes may seem superficial, the reality is that if they're successful, this has the potential to change the public's perception of plastics packaging. So let's...


Automotive market growth fuels injection molders

June 21, 2013 1:09 pm ET

This is a good time to be an automotive supplier. IHS Automotive projects that automakers will build 16.1 million cars and trucks in North America this year. That's up 4 percent from 2012 — and more than in any year since 2002.


China gains with local machinery

June 14, 2013 3:01 pm ET

China's plastics machinery market has been a major engine of growth for the global industry for the past five years. Some would say the biggest engine for equipment makers.


We're on the hunt for Processor of Year

June 7, 2013 5:11 pm ET

Summer is here. The flowering trees are popping. The pollen count is rising. Want some relief? Then get involved in the Plastics News Processor of the Year Award.


GM, Chrysler work on supplier relations

May 31, 2013 2:37 pm ET

Are General Motors and Chrysler Group playing hardball with suppliers again? The latest automaker-supplier relations study by consulting firm Planning Perspectives Inc. was troubling.


A Memorial Day iWarriors mention

May 24, 2013 2:44 pm ET

This is Plastics News' Memorial Day edition (for U.S. readers, at least), so it is particularly appropriate today to highlight the plastics industry's role in supporting the project.


Talent disconnect: industry/academia

May 17, 2013 3:31 pm ET

The competition for qualified workers is getting tougher. How can a manufacturer tackle the challenges?


Time running out to block bag bans

May 10, 2013 2:10 pm ET

For a long time, when people in the plastics industry talked about plastic grocery bags being recyclable it was a mostly theoretical exercise. Now some plastics processors are pulling out all the stops to recycle plastic bags. We'll see if it's too...

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