The new year is all about developing new habits. But instead of waiting in line to use the treadmill, I'm blogging about numbers. Frankly, writing is easier on the knees.
So in addition to the occasional bonus clip from our video segments, I plan to give you a weekly roundup of numbers that are tucked in plastics stories here on the Behind the Lens blog.
More than 5,000
That's the number of jobs DuPont Co. announced they were eliminating in a cost-savings move. The details of the announcement were buried by the bombshell merger plans between DuPont and Dow Chemical Co. This letter published in the Philadelphia Inquirer from a DuPont scientist shows the hurt and anger felt by some of those impacted by the move.
A total of 17.47 million cars and trucks were sold in the United States in 2015, an all-time record. Last year was a great year for automakers, and in turn, the plastics processors that supply them.
Panasonic Corp. says it has developed a stretchable plastic film for electronics that is super elastic — with tensile elongation of 250 percent or more. The consumer electronics company said the film will be used in soft and stretchable electronic devices like those worn on the body and in clothing.
Plastics News named four firms as finalists for the Processor of the Year. Bonus number: This is the 20th time we have handed out the award. Up for the honor is: Dymotek Corp., Evco Plastics Inc., MTD Micro Molding and Nicolet Plastics Inc. The previous winners are listed here.
Amcor Ltd. bought Deluxe Packages for $45 million. The company makes high-performance flexible packaging for the fresh food and snack segments.