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Industry Overview:
  Conservation of petroleum resources is something that most people would associate with the automotive industry, with the rise of hybrid cars, electric vehicles, and efficiency regulations. However, nearly 10% of petroleum is processed not through gas tanks, but in the creation of plastics. In order to protect this precious natural resource, many companies are now turning to the development of bioplastics, utilizing renewable feedstocks – corn, sugar cane, wood cellulose, and even banana peels – rather than petroleum.

Other advantages that these products have over traditional plastics include the fact that many are fully biodegradable or even compostable. Challenges include the development of a working infrastructure to compost, recycle, or dispose of bioplastics after use, ensuring that all used biomasses are grown sustainably, and educating consumers of how specific products need to be processed after use.

Common Applications:
  • Thermoplastic Starch
  • Poly-3-hydroxate (PHB)
  • Polyactic acid (PA)
  • Biopolyethylene
  • Polymide 11 (PA11)
  • Plasticizers
  • Flexibilizers
  • Thermoforming
  • Injection molding
  • Foams
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With over 25 years as a top plastics industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top plastics talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.


The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
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We have served and developed relationships with leading companies in the industry, including:
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Scott Schmieder

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Thank you again for your superlative job in presenting sales managerial candidates for our open position.  We are pleased with the selection process you presented and the final outcome.  This would have been a much more arduous task without your professional guidance.

Director of Textile Care
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