• Future Leaders

      Industry Pride and a Focus on the Future

      Sebastian Lange is very proud of supporting his family as vice president of the Film Division at Brueckner Group USA. In fact, his pride has continually increased over the years to a point where he no longer feels the need to be defensive when people criticize plastic.
    • Industry News

      Halftime Report: Putting 2022 GDP Numbers in Perspective

      Recession or not a recession? Call it what you want, but U.S. economic output, measured by gross domestic product (GDP), adjusted for inflation, decreased in the first half of 2022. In Q1 2022, the U.S. real GDP fell by 1.6%. Based on the advance estimate released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. economy continued to contract in Q2 2022 - falling by 0.9%. What is the impact of the economic slowdown in the first half of 2022 on the plastics industry? Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) data can offer clues.
    • Industry News

      Vehicle Supply Chains Looking Better, Still Not Meeting Demand

      There have been signs of improvement in the recent months of 2022, as the capacity utilization rate in U.S. automobiles and light trucks manufacturing increased to 75.7% in May, the third consecutive month of increase. However, the increase was still below the 76.2% monthly average capacity utilization rate at the same time in 2019.
    • Future Leaders

      Challenging Young Professionals to Keep Learning and Developing

      Each of PLASTICS' member-driven initiatives is overseen by a staff liaison who makes sure everything runs smoothly and facilitates access to association resources. For Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a program dedicated to the development of plastics professionals under the age of 40, that person is Leslie Jutte.
    • Industry News

      Guest Blog: Antimicrobial protection for plastics, with a cleaner ride to boot

      In this guest blog, Rich Kenney of PLASTICS member Microban shares some fascinating information about how automakers are working with companies like Microban to protect us from germs as we drive.
    • Sustainability

      Four More Companies Achieve OCS Blue Status

      Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is an industry-led campaign, dedicated to helping every plastic resin handling operation prevent plastic resin loss. Recently, Quantix SCS, Formosa Plastics Corporation, PSC Group and Sunrise Plastic/Sunrise Services, LLC all met the rigorous standards for elite OCS blue-level membership.