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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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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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