• Future Leaders

      “Let’s Work Together” In The Plastics Industry

      The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals who are active in PLASTICS' Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40.  For this FLiP File, we spoke with Andre Adams, the senior product manager for ACS Group, about his experience working in the plastics industry.
    • Industry News

      PLASTICS Announces Three New Executive Leadership Roles

      The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced three new executive appointments.
    • 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.