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November/December 2008
November/December 2008

Metals, Plastics, & Logistics

In our Feature article on metals, William Hearn discusses how the metals industry is a broad manufacturing industry; he also cites other niche metals opportunity markets. If you're in the plastics industry, you'll definitely want to read our Feature article written by Michael P. Hickey. In his article, Mike discusses key drivers and factors for success in location strategies for the plastics industry. Then Kevin Mayer's Special Report, "The Vital Many," explains the basic structure of the polymer industry - one sector produces resins or raw plastics, the other sector processes raw plastics into finished products. If you're more into logistics, our Feature article by Leslie Rubin and Sarah Rubin is a must read. These two ladies teamed up to explain how you can impact your bottom line with economic incentives. This issue also boasts three Industry Outlooks: the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA).

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It’s been almost a century since new chemical methods led to a boom in the innovative plastic polymers that revolutionized the plastics industry. Today, the things we drive, fly in, eat our meals on, and use to keep warm are composed of some type of plastic derivative.   The plastics industry has become a driving force in today’s economy. The impact is so considerable that just the smallest shift in the cost of production can have a global affect on jobs, wages, and capital circulation on every economic level. more...

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