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Nov. 27, 2023
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What's next after ‘disappointing' plastics treaty talks?

With a broad consensus that the most recent round of plastics treaty talks accomplished less than hoped, some are saying the disappointment could become a turning point to force changes.

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PVC compounders hoping for construction sector upturn

PVC compounders are hoping for a rebound in building and construction while looking to educate more people about the benefits of their material.

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More than a feeling: Emotional intelligence helps attract, retain workers

Hillary Thomas, vice president of Westminster Tool, explored the topic of EQ for her breakout session, "Using Emotional Intelligence to Manage Successfully," during the 2023 Women Breaking the Mold Networking Forum.

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Mailbag: Assessing plastics waste across the US

Recycling is no longer an option but a necessity for plastics processors that want to thrive in the future.

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Material Insights: Price decreases for PET bottle resin, recycled HDPE

PET bottle resin prices decreased in October as demand for the resin also began to drop. Senior reporter Frank Esposito says the drop is in line with the typical wane in the market brought on by cooler seasonal weather in North America. In this week's Material Insights, Frank discusses those price changes as well as other recent recycled HDPE price changes, as covered by staff reporter Bridget Janis. 

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US toolmakers may have to wait for R&D tax, tariff changes

U.S. mold makers are holding tight through the end of a bumpy 2023 while waiting for a possible tax reform bill from the federal government.

GF investing $30M in Oklahoma to add growing space for plastics unit

A ground-breaking event was held in Shawnee, Okla., a day after parent company Georg Fischer Ltd. closed on the acquisition of Uponor.

Kickstart: Rethinking packaging

While the potential for reusable packaging is getting more attention, getting to a complete system change won't be easy.

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Origin cuts 30% of its workforce

The company’s CEO said the changes support a plan to prioritize high-margin, near-term initiatives