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: 2004.
DC Comics revives Plastic Man, the pliable superhero.
The U.S. levies a temporary tariff on plastic bags imported from China, Malaysia and Thailand as it investigates whether the overseas countries have been involved in dumping bags on the U.S. market.
Plastics have new competition when it comes to lightweight production as General Motors introduces a proprietary aluminum forming system it calls “quick plastic forming.”
The widening exchange rates between the dollar and the euro is causing problems for global manufacturers. In late 2003, the euro was worth $1.15. It now is trading at $1.25.
Six Flags uses plastics for its thrill ride the X coaster, which rides on Igus' plastic bearings.