Plastics Industry Association

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As Seen In Plastics Technology

PLASTICS Industry Association Size and Impact 2018

U.S. Plastics Industry Expands in 2017, Outpacing Manufacturing in General
U.S. employment in plastics and plastics industry shipments both expanded in 2017, rising 2.4% and 6.9%, respectively.

Chinaplas 2019

Chinaplas Looks Within & Without China to Further Growth
China’s plastics industry and its largest trade show are increasingly looking inland within the country and to Southeast Asia outside the country for future growth. U.S-China trade remained strong in 2018 despite disputes.

Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association,

Bill Carteaux Passes Away
Early on the morning of December 10, Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) passed away due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He was 59.

Plastics Machinery Shipments Recover in Third Quarter After Weaker Second Quarter
The preliminary estimate of primary plastics equipment shipments was up 4.1% over the second quarter, with a year-over-year improvement of 5.6%.

Nova Chemicals

Nova Chemicals Boosts Sustainability Efforts on Several Fronts and More
Advances in design of recyclable film structures and a major investment in a project reducing ocean plastics pollution discussed.

Machinery Shipments Rise in the Second Quarter
Plastics machinery shipments in North America grew for the fifth consecutive quarter on a year-over-year basis, while also topping first quarter results.

Plastics Industry Association Plastics Fly In

Plastics Go To Washington
The annual Fly In hosted by leading plastics-affiliated trade associations pushes the plastics processing industry to top of mind for elected officials in D.C.

Biplab Pal, CTO and co-founder of MachineSense

NPE2018 Auxiliaries: A Path to Industry 4.0 Emerges
Industry 4.0 dominated the news in auxiliary equipment at the show, but many questions remain for both suppliers and processors.

Petoskey Plastics, Hartford City, Inc.

Step Up and Support Manufacturing Day
Host an event and start to change the misconceptions still lingering about manufacturing—and plastics.

world consumption of biodegradable polymers by region

Biodegradable Plastics Volume to Increase More than 50 percent
Western Europe now leads as the largest market with regulation as the most significant driver.

Injection molding machine ejector cross

Tooling: Why Ejector Pins Break...and How to Prevent It, Part 1
In part one of this four-part series, we focus on the molding machine and the ejection system as culprits.

plastic bag

New PLASTICS Project Finds New Value in Recycled Plastic Bags and Wraps
The findings of the report suggest there are further opportunities to extract value from these streams of mixed  polyethylene (PE) films—like plastic bags and wraps—that can be recycled efficiently, cost effectively, and used in numerous applications.

Recycling Organizations Unite To Advance Industry
In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole.

Dell ocean plastic

G7 Summit: Leaders Agree to Ocean Plastics Charter
Five countries of the G7 group—excluding the U.S. and Japan—endorsed a plastics charter on ocean pollution.

PLASTICS Releases Statement on Marine Debris
PLASTICS acknowledges that a collaborative approach is the only approach to solving the marine litter problem.

NPE2018 OCCC Orlando, Florida

Final Tally: NPE2018 Sets New Benchmarks for Space, Exhibitors
A more than 7% jump in exhibitors and a 9% jump in total exhibition space, as well as a 1.7% increase in confirmed registered attendees officially made NPE2018 the largest NPE on record, besting NPE2015 which had previously toppled NPE2000 as the biggest ever.

Let's Talk About the Safety of Plastics
PLASTICS’ informational campaign and website arms industry with the know-how to speak truthfully and allay unfounded fears about phthalates and BPA.

Social media icons inside an illustrated brain

What’s New in Social for NPE2018
Our social media coverage and NPE2018 app are better this year than ever before.

Let’s Talk About the Economy
Despite what many people think, a ban on plastic bags would do more harm than good. A new initiative from the Plastics Industry Association highlights these and other economic impacts—aiming to change the conversation around plastics.

NPE app on an iPhone

Maximize your Experience with the NPE2018 App
The NPE2018 app allows users to build their schedule, search for exhibitors, get up-to-the-minute updates, and more.

Product Categories of Plastics Industry Association

Plastics Trade Shows/Conferences
Publishers of Plastics Information (Books, Reports, CDs)
Technical and Trade Associations