As Plastics News marks its 25th year of publication, we take a year-by-year look back at some of the events, people and curious coincidences that have shown up its its pages. Check back through the end of the year (not including holidays) to follow along. This year: 1989.
Plastics News publishes its first issue. The staff included Publisher Lowell G. “Chris” Chrisman, Editor Robert Grace, Advertising Director Donald Dasburg and Promotion Manager Linda Whelan. Others staff members included Carl Kirkland, executive editor; Ronald Shinn, managing editor; Angela Spreitzer, assistant managing editor; William Bregar, Dan Charnas, Michele Raymond, Jeanne Reall and Bruce Vernyi, reporters; Lisa Sarkis Neaville, editorial assistant; Rich Williams, editorial cartoonist; Anthony Eagan, eastern regional sales manager; Richard Railton Jr., Jack Moran and Akio Saijo, regional sales; Carolyn Reed-Dickson, classified advertising manager; Gail Jones, sales secretary; and Jean Herdina, secretary to the publisher.
President George H.W. Bush rejects an push by U.S. injection molding machine makers to place additional tariffs on machines being imported into the country from Japan. However, a federal ban did remain on place for presses from Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd., a ban first signed by President Reagan. Toshiba, the government said, also sold milling machines to the Soviet Union, where they were used to create “silent” submarine propellers for the USSR's Navy.
For automotive plastics fans and suppliers who loved the Pontiac Fiero and its plastic body panels, General Motors Corp. promises that some of the breakthrough plastic technology from that car — which ceased production in 1988 — will make it into its upcoming “All Purpose Vehicle.” Twenty-five years later, the Fiero remains a bit of an icon. The Chevrolet Lumina minivan APV? Not nearly so desired.
Top winners in the DuPont Awards for food packaging were companies in the “food packaging convenience for consumers,” which focused on new microwaveable products.
GM begins releasing information about its upcoming Saturn sedan. Plastics will play a big role in the car, says Saturn's director of materials management Alan Perriton, appearing in vertical body panels, interior systems and under the hood.