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Industry Overview:

The huge family of fibers – natural or synthetic materials which are significantly longer than they are wide – includes nylon, polyester, acrylic, polyolefin, carbon fiber, fiberglass, and more. This length is all that various fibers really have in common – the ideal one to use for a specific application depends on the degree to which they exhibit other properties, from cohesiveness and absorbency to flexibility and tenacity. This versatility of usefulness makes the fiber field in demand from many sectors.

Adding to their popularity, fibers are generally environmentally sustainable. Synthetic fibers, in particular, are also usually very cost-efficient to produce, though there is always a push to continue streamline processes in order to reduce costs further. Improvements in efficiencies also drive innovation in this field, with carbon fiber’s rise in the automotive industry setting the stage.

Common Applications:
  • Polymerization
  • Petrochemicals
  • Pyrolosis
  • Natural – vegetable, wood, animal, mineral
  • Man-made – regenerated, cellulose, etc.
  • Semi-synthetic – rayon, etc.
  • Synthetic – metallic, carbon, etc.
  • Extrusion
  • Asbestos – health
  • Mill-spinning process
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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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I do want to say that the Ropella process was excellent. Buckman obtained an associate that was needed. We are excited to have him on our team. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Vice President of Leather and Performance Chemical Divisions
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