Let's hope that the U.S. plastics industry isn't turning its back on international trade.
General apathy about planned government-led trade missions to Mexico, Indonesia and Malaysia once again have focused attention on the missions, which are organized by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. The September mission to Mexico has been canceled, and the Southeast Asia trip is in grave jeopardy.
Plastic resin suppliers and processors have posted healthy trade surpluses in recent years. Even mold makers and machinery suppliers, which face stiff competition abroad, have shown progress.
International opportunity is risky, but potentially very rewarding. This is not a time to focus inward.