A company rarely has the chance to clearly know the lay of the land as it plans for the future. Thanks to the current administration, we have clear direction on their goals for bio-based plastics and we have a course of action with governmental backing.
The auto industry is clearly on the job taking care of all the big parts of the EV transition — vehicle assembly, battery manufacturing, sourcing of lithium and lighter-weight metals — but not all the little stuff.
As the UAW and automakers lay the groundwork for negotiations, both sides are bringing an extensive wishlist to the table, including 32-hour work weeks from the union's side and an attempt to keep costs low for automakers.
When it comes to the family of chemicals known collectively as PFAS, it is becoming increasingly clear that the decades of relative ignorance about the effects of these chemicals are now taking their toll.
It is time to implement an awareness and programs for fire safety, to guide companies on best practices and prevention and to engage the communities where plastics plants create jobs and economic growth.