Kickstart: Cleaning beaches and feeding people

A restaurant owner in Bali is gaining attention for his work to both clean up Plastic waste and feed people.Made Janur Yasa, who runs a vegan restaurant in the town… Read more

Kickstart: Will a private equity backer help make fetch happen?

Platinum Equity has had a very acquisitive couple of months.The private equity group, which has owned machinery maker and mold maker Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. since 2017, just announced… Read more

Kickstart: It's getting hard to keep up with all the auto battery projects

The advanced automotive battery business is booming. (Not literally. That would be bad.) In just the past few weeks there have been announcements of new battery production plants by in… Read more

Mold makers steer toward steady growth

This week we publish our ranking of North American mold makers. The top 100 are in print, but a total of 144 firms are online. The total related sales for… Read more

Kickstart: From black granite to luxury vinyl tile

The newest manufacturer of luxury vinyl tile flooring in the U.S. has a very interesting backstory.If you haven’t read correspondent Jeannie Reall’s story, , has purchased the Cartersville, Ga., facility… Read more

Kickstart: Everyone is going green

Before anyone knew anything about COVID-19, sustainability was the biggest issue facing the global plastics industry.This week at Fakuma 2021, it appears the industry is picking up on sustainability issues… Read more

Kickstart: Beefing up port operations not as simple as it may sound

When news broke that the federal government is getting involved to encourage the Port of Los Angeles to move to 24-hour operations, my immediate reaction was: You mean it hasn’t… Read more

Kickstart: Gluten that has nothing to do with a bake-off

Maybe I watch too many baking shows on TV, but when I come across the word “gluten,” I don’t expect it to be about plastics.Among the many stories you’ll find… Read more

Kickstart: Wilkommen back to trade shows

This week, most of the Plastics News staff is in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the Fakuma trade show, and it all feels a bit odd.Until a couple of weeks ago, I… Read more

Kickstart: That's … not great news for suppliers to Kellogg

There’s another potential hurdle looming for plastics processors, this one for packaging suppliers to food companies.About 1,400 workers at Kellogg Co.’s cereal plants in the U.S. are on strike, marking… Read more

The M&A market is on a roll after a 'pandemic pause'

The pace of plastics mergers and acquisitions has remained strong in the second half of 2021.Financial firm P&M Corporate Finance tracked more than 40 deals in August — the fourth… Read more

Kickstart: Running a cleaner race

For runners, the crisp days of autumn mean one thing: It’s marathon season.Because of rescheduling and postponed races from earlier in the year, it’s also going to be a very… Read more

Kickstart: How the supply chain may steal Christmas

Don’t worry about the Grinch stealing Christmas this year. According to a report from Bloomberg, toymakers say that shortages of shipping containers, congestion at ports and a lack of truck… Read more