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    • Industry News

      PERCspective: Plastics Industry Added Jobs in March

      The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the plastics industry continues to make essential products to protect healthcare workers and patients. The economy lost 701,000 jobs in March as business activities slowed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and measures to contain it... Total manufacturing lost 18,000 jobs – 7,000 in durable goods and 11,000 in nondurable goods manufacturing. Plastics and rubber manufacturing, however, added 1,600 jobs in March.
    • Advocacy

      So, You Want to Stop Making Plastics. What Happens Afterward?

      When hearing about challenges related to littered plastics in the environment, it is understandable that the knee-jerk reaction is to ask why everything isn’t just made from other materials, or whether a ban on plastics production would force the industry to recycle more. But it’s a lot like when a child proposes that the solution to global warming is eliminating cars: it’s overly simplistic, fails to understand how the economy works, and reveals an incomplete understanding of a complicated issue.
    • Events

      PLASTICS Announces Cancellation of Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit

      The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced that the 2020 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, originally scheduled for May 18-20, 2020 in Cincinnati, OH, will be canceled due to the travel bans and guidelines that are in place for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
    • Industry News

      Plastics 2019 Exports and Imports Down but Surplus Up

      Judging from the 2019 trade data released in February, the U.S. plastics industry exports and imports fell 3.0% and 5.0%, respectively, from 2018. From the total $64.8 billion exports in 2018, exports fell to $62.9 billion last year. Imports decreased from $64.3 billion to $61.3 billion over the same period.
    • Industry News

      Letter to Members from PLASTICS President and CEO, Tony Radoszewski, CAE

      "We recognize that many of our plastics industry companies are focused on other issues and we want to help our members plan effectively during this critical time. It is also of the utmost importance that we put the health and safety of members and the plastics industry first."
    • Events

      PLASTICS Announces Cancellations and Changes to Upcoming Meetings

      Plastics Industry Association recently announced changes to several spring 2020 meetings.