Plastics News

Plastics News Plastics News is a weekly, 46,000-circulation trade newspaper delivering global news to a primarily North American market. Founded by Crain Communications Inc.
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in Akron, Ohio, in 1989, it covers the business of the global plastics industry. in Akron, Ohio, in 1989, it covers the business of the global plastics industry. Plastics News focuses on commercial, financial, legislative and market-related developments worldwide that affect North American plastic product manufacturers and their suppliers and customers. PN is part of the Plastics News Global Group, comprising three print publications, four websites, multiple e-newsletters and several conferences and trade shows. The PN Global Group took shape after Crain’s purchase in July 2007 of the UK-based polymer publishing assets of Emap Communications Ltd. That added two established print publications – Plastics & Rubber Weekly and the monthly European Plastics News – to the stable, as well as several European events. The U.S. publication launched its PlasticsNews.com website in 1996, and today that audited site attracts more than 80,000 unique visitors per month. The company launched its bilingual Plastics News China eWeekly as a free e-mail newsletter in May 2005, along with a companion Plastics News China website that today attracts more than 15,000 unique visitors per month. Both products are offered in English and simplified Chinese. PN, which moved to Detroit, Mich., in 2013, also organizes several events, including its annual Executive Forum, Plastics in Medical Devices, and various other conferences.

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Kickstart: Katherine Johnson, Perseverance, plastics and spacehttp://ow.ly/LTIC50DGUBg
02/22/2021
Kickstart: Katherine Johnson, Perseverance, plastics and space

Kickstart: Katherine Johnson, Perseverance, plastics and space
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With all the crazy news that's been happening here on Earth, I hope you had a chance to celebrate along with the mission control crew on Feb. 18 when the rover Perseverance landed on Mars. (You can see it here, if you missed it.)While every space project relies on plastics, especially lightweight…

This Thursday!PN Live: Mergers & AcquisitionsFebruary 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM ETRegister Now - http://ow.ly/BmqW50DD09YSponso...
02/22/2021

This Thursday!
PN Live: Mergers & Acquisitions
February 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM ET
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Next Week!PN Live: Mergers & AcquisitionsFebruary 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM ETRegister Now - http://ow.ly/QP2C50DD09dSponsored ...
02/19/2021

Next Week!
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February 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM ET
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02/18/2021

Plastics News Processor of the Year Awards Ceremony sponsored by Plastics Industry Association will take place virtually on Thursday, March 18 at 3 p.m. EST. Register for Executive Forum to watch the awards ceremony live www.plasticsnews.com/execforum #pnexecforum

02/18/2021
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Plastics News is tracking the status of the winter storms and power outages in the southern U.S. If you’ve been impacted by this ongoing issue in the region, we would appreciate a moment of your time to let us know the story from your area. This will help us cover the story and get information which will be of use to the industry. The survey is at: http://ow.ly/mJhW50DDS6Y

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Kickstart: The rising cost of power outages in Texashttp://ow.ly/3Y8650DDKY0
02/18/2021
Kickstart: The rising cost of power outages in Texas

Kickstart: The rising cost of power outages in Texas
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The extreme cold, along with power outages throughout Texas, is continuing to hit industries as well as residents not only in the state but throughout the Gulf Coast region and across the border in Mexico. Frank Esposito is keeping track of conditions along the Gulf Coast, which is home to…

Next Week!PN Live: Mergers & AcquisitionsFebruary 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM ETRegister Now - http://ow.ly/HGiQ50DCZg1Sponsored ...
02/17/2021

Next Week!
PN Live: Mergers & Acquisitions
February 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM ET
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Sponsored by DELMIAworks

02/17/2021

Plastics News Best Places to Work Awards Ceremony sponsored by DELMIAworks will take place virtually Wednesday, March 17 at 4 p.m. EST. Register for Executive Forum to view the awards ceremony live www.plasticsnews.com/execforum #pnexecforum

Kickstart: More recycling options, but only through drop-offhttp://ow.ly/OVnp50DCzFk
02/17/2021
Kickstart: More recycling options, but only through drop-off

Kickstart: More recycling options, but only through drop-off
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It's a good week for new recycling options for familiar products, but only if you're willing to drop them off. First up, Nature Valley Granola Bars — part of General Mills — is rolling out new flexible packaging for their crunchy bars that are recyclable through the same in-store program to…

Last Chance for Free Registration! Today is the last day for Plastics Processors to register for free for Executive Foru...
02/15/2021

Last Chance for Free Registration! Today is the last day for Plastics Processors to register for free for Executive Forum. Enjoy all the conference content and fun events scheduled for Executive Forum Virtual Edition. Register here: www.plasticsnews.com/execforum #pnexecforum

Last Chance for Free Registration! Plastics processors register free by February 15 and enjoy all the conference content...
02/12/2021

Last Chance for Free Registration! Plastics processors register free by February 15 and enjoy all the conference content and fun events scheduled for Executive Forum Virtual Edition. Register here: www.plasticsnews.com/execforum #pnexecforum

Don't miss our Golf with a Pro virtual golf lesson with Durland Golf School during Plastics News Executive Forum. Get yo...
02/11/2021

Don't miss our Golf with a Pro virtual golf lesson with Durland Golf School during Plastics News Executive Forum. Get your questions answered live during this interactive session. To learn more and register, visit http://ow.ly/MBMP50DxeDK #pnexecforum

Happy 30th anniversary to our Editor and Crain Communications Polymer Group Editorial Director Don Loepp! Thank you for ...
02/11/2021

Happy 30th anniversary to our Editor and Crain Communications Polymer Group Editorial Director Don Loepp! Thank you for your tireless work, countless interviews & leadership. From Germany to Mexico to the U.S., Don is ever present leading by example.
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Plastics in Automotive will take place May 25-27th. This virtual event will be tackling the seismic changes and developm...
02/10/2021

Plastics in Automotive will take place May 25-27th. This virtual event will be tackling the seismic changes and developments in the automotive market. Learn more and register at www.plasticsnews.com/auto #pnauto

WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT? Hear Brennan's latest conversation. Plastics News Publisher @brennanlafferty talks with Keit...
02/10/2021

WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT? Hear Brennan's latest conversation. Plastics News Publisher @brennanlafferty talks with Keith Everson, CEO at Sussex IM. Simplastic
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Kickstart: Do you want to 3D print a snowman?http://ow.ly/vZZg50DwCcT
02/10/2021
Kickstart: Do you want to 3D print a snowman?

Kickstart: Do you want to 3D print a snowman?
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Sure, you can create a lot of shapes with 3D printing. But why not pick something easy to recognize? Our sister paper Rubber & Plastics News has a story on how Structur3D, a Kitchener, Ontario, company, used Olaf, a character from the animated movie Frozen, to show how materials such as…

Free Webinar Tomorrow!Pivoting Your Business: Innovative New Opportunities in PlasticsWednesday, February 10 | 2:00 PM E...
02/09/2021

Free Webinar Tomorrow!
Pivoting Your Business: Innovative New Opportunities in Plastics
Wednesday, February 10 | 2:00 PM ET
Register Now - http://ow.ly/H7ir50DiSMA
Sponsored by HP

Kickstart: Sun, sand and reusable bottleshttp://ow.ly/nxxJ50DvuhQ
02/09/2021
Kickstart: Sun, sand and reusable bottles

Kickstart: Sun, sand and reusable bottles
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The view outside my home office window today is icicles and snow on the branches of a pine tree. While that may sound idyllic for a Christmas card, by mid-February I'm daydreaming about warm sun and beaches. Just don't expect to escape plastics sustainability issue once we're finally free to…

The first seven of our 2021 Rising Stars class are now online, visit the link throughout the week to see the profiles of...
02/08/2021

The first seven of our 2021 Rising Stars class are now online, visit the link throughout the week to see the profiles of the full class. http://ow.ly/bsfZ50Dunoj

Kickstart: The next generation is in good handshttp://ow.ly/hj5d50Dug6G
02/08/2021
Kickstart: The next generation is in good hands

Kickstart: The next generation is in good hands
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This year's Rising Stars represent the largest and the most diverse group we've had at Plastics News since we began profiling the next generation of industry leaders. As Jordan Vitick, who wrote the stories, noted, they come from "Pakistan to Pittsburgh, Mexico to Michigan." They also often…

Kickstart: Chip shortage could cut Ford global auto production 20%http://ow.ly/WaXj50Dshw8
02/05/2021
Kickstart: Chip shortage could cut Ford global auto production 20%

Kickstart: Chip shortage could cut Ford global auto production 20%
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The computer chip shortage issue is snowballing in the auto industry, slowing production of Ford Motor Co.'s most valuable product, the F-150, for at least a week. The automaker told our sister publication Automotive News that its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan will drop to one shift from…

Polytek expands with acquisition Endurance Technologieshttp://ow.ly/dhDS50DrwGg
02/04/2021
Polytek expands with acquisition Endurance Technologies

Polytek expands with acquisition Endurance Technologies
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Easton, Pa.-based Polytek Development Corp., a manufacturer of specialty polymers for mold making, casting and coating, acquired Endurance Technologies in South St. Paul, Minn., to expand its production footprint and capabilities.Founded in 1992, Endurance Technologies offers formulation and…

Next Week!Pivoting Your Business: Innovative New Opportunities in PlasticsWednesday, February 10 | 2:00 PM ETRegister No...
02/04/2021

Next Week!
Pivoting Your Business: Innovative New Opportunities in Plastics
Wednesday, February 10 | 2:00 PM ET
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Sponsored by HP

Kickstart: An initial shipment for Braskem from South Carolinahttp://ow.ly/Ro0550DreIM
02/04/2021
Kickstart: An initial shipment for Braskem from South Carolina

Kickstart: An initial shipment for Braskem from South Carolina
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Braskem has made its first international shipment of polypropylene from its new Global Export Hub in Charleston, S.C. The site is able to support shipments of up to 450 million pounds of PP and specialty polymers anually, supporting Braskem sites in Texas, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The…

Executive Forum Virtual Edition will feature a Keynote Panel-- How To React Successfully to a Pandemic. This panel of pr...
02/03/2021

Executive Forum Virtual Edition will feature a Keynote Panel-- How To React Successfully to a Pandemic. This panel of processors and end users will discuss how plastics-based manufacturers reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic by rapidly shifting production and responding to urgent medical and healthcare needs. Learn more and register at www.plasticsnews.com/execforum #pnexecforum

Kickstart: A Super Bowl plastics manufacturing previewhttp://ow.ly/KY1s50DqaT4
02/03/2021
Kickstart: A Super Bowl plastics manufacturing preview

Kickstart: A Super Bowl plastics manufacturing preview
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Thermoformer and injection molder WeatherTech is continuing its "Made in America" message with two separate ads for the Super Bowl. And if that's not enough, there's a third 30-second ad set to air before kickoff. The auto accessories company based in Bolingbrook, Ill., unveiled all three…

We are still covering trade show news without the trade showhttp://ow.ly/PvX850Dp4tw
02/02/2021
Plastics News to cover trade show news without the trade show

We are still covering trade show news without the trade show
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No NPE2021, no virtual show either, what's a would-be exhibitor to do? No worries: Plastics News is planning special issues starting in April to highlight the business and product news that companies had intended to announce in Orlando, Fla.We're calling them Plastics Showcase special reports, and.....

Kickstart: Even a groundhog needs PPEhttp://ow.ly/62e950DoZGJ
02/02/2021
Kickstart: Even a groundhog needs PPE

Kickstart: Even a groundhog needs PPE
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I don't know if Woodstock Willie saw his shadow this morning, but I do know that he was able to fulfill his Groundhog Day duties safely behind a face shield thanks to a plastics company.Woodstock Willie is the mascot for Woodstock, Ill.'s Groundhog Day celebration. (The city was used as the stand…

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