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Walter begins 2-year term as president of trade group MAPP


March 6, 2014 11:42 am ET

Mike Walter, the new president of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors, points to interaction as a key benefit for members.

Toray pledges $2 million to proposed campus engineering project


February 28, 2014 2:25 pm ET

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. is pledging $2 million to help the University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering remake its campus through a $125 million capital project.

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What sort of entry-level workers are we getting from the millennial generation?


February 24, 2014 11:02 am ET

Is it tough to manage today's entry-level employees? Plenty of plastics company managers seem to think so.

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Freudenberg program helps to fill need for engineers


February 11, 2014 12:01 pm ET

PLYMOUTH, MICH. — It will take 24 months and thousands of miles of travel for Alexander Turkan to find his dream job.

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Akron engineers awarded $400,000 for research


February 3, 2014 2:35 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — University of Akron polymer engineers were awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to advance their research on a new class of sensors.

Bacteria research succeeds at Fraunhofer Umsicht


November 5, 2013 2:22 pm ET

At the Fraunhofer Umsicht environmental, safety and energy technology institute in Oberhausen, Germany, researchers have developed an antibacterial solution that they claim "gives no chance for bacteria," as it involves highly efficient impregnation with nano silver particles into the outer surface of molded parts.

Germany's IKT develops processes, material solutions


November 5, 2013 2:17 pm ET

The IKT Institute of Plastics Technology at Stuttgart University exhibited for the first time at a K show this year, focusing in the "Science Campus" area of the fair on lightweight construction and bioplastics themes.

Training is forgotten asset


October 11, 2013 4:05 pm ET

Companies years ago established career training programs to groom prospective employees to climb the proverbial corporate ladder to enhance their organizations, reap bottom-line benefits, and ensure employees would spend their careers with one company.

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Syracuse University opens Plastics Pioneers reading room


October 10, 2013 10:36 am ET

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Researchers and plastics history fans now have a gathering place at Syracuse University, home to a major collection of artifacts, books and documents — as the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room opened at the campus library.

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Are toolmakers ready for the next round?


October 8, 2013 2:02 pm ET

FRASER, MICH. — Growing up around his father's mold-making shop, Rick Hecker remembers watching how journeymen craftsman built injection mold tooling, drawing on years of experience.

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