This week's print issue of Plastics News is devoted to one subject: The "Rapid Responders" of the plastics industry who stepped up to fill the supply chain as the coronavirus pandemic spread globally.
This issue was a good chance for PN reporters and editors (along with the editorial staff from our sister publications) to dive more deeply into how different sectors of the industry responded early in the pandemic and check back in with people we spoke to in the spring.
Frank Esposito spoke with three Braskem workers who isolated themselves on site for 28 days to ensure polypropylene production continued without interruption. Steve Toloken talked to one of the companies involved with a cooperative project in Ohio to make personal protective equipment and how it is now looking at ways to upgrade that equipment with digital sensors.
Erin Sloan updates the effort from packaging specialists, while Catherine Kavanaugh reports on how the machinery industry sped up deliveries to essential customers. And Sarah Kominek touches base with custom molders who found themselves diverting production to all new industries.
I'll think you'll find a lot to brag about in the industry as you read these stories.