• Industry News

      Plastics Production Since COVID-19 Recession Should Continue to Bounce Back

      The U.S. plastics industry was designated by the U.S. government an essential industry last year as the economy went to into lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. Plastics provide solutions in healthcare; the ongoing pandemic underscores plastics' role in protecting healthcare workers and the general population. Vaccination against COVID-19 is possible and affordable because of plastic packaging. At the same time, plastic syringes are an undeniably cost-effective packaging material for distribution of a global public good: the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Industry News

      Plastics Industry Growth Prospects Intact Amid Slower Q3 for US Economy

      The U.S. economy's slowdown in the third quarter may have come as a surprise to many after stellar growth rates in the first and second quarters. Following a 6.7% increase in output in the second quarter, the 2.0% increase in the third quarter came in lower than forecast. At the close of the third quarter, the U.S. was roughly a $19.5 trillion economy and $904.4 billion larger than a year earlier.
    • Sustainability

      Insight and Perspective Shared at PLASTICS Packaging Summit

      PLASTICS recently hosted the first annual PLASTICS Packaging Summit, featuring more than 30 expert speakers and attended by hundreds of professionals throughout the manufacturing sector who have a vested interest in the future of plastics as a key material for a broad range of packaging solutions.
    • Advocacy

      The Plastic Tax Would Hurt the Economy and the Environment

      Tony Radoszewski, President and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), shares some thoughts on federal legislation, currently under consideration, that would deliver "a gut punch to working-class families across the country" by levying a tax on plastic production.
    • Industry News

      Farewell, Jay Gardiner (1951-2021)

      Our association and the entire plastics industry lost a dear friend recently with the passing of Jay Gardiner. Not only was he a consummate professional in the field of plastics, he was a selfless citizen who served 30 years in his local fire department.
    • Industry News

      Global Plastics Ranking™: China, the U.S., and Germany Lead

      The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) recently issued its 2021 Global Trend Report. This PLASTICS' flagship publication takes a deep dive into the U.S. plastics trade with the rest of the world during the previous year and the first six months of the current year. It also provides a snapshot of the international plastics and rubber trade.