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Plastics Distribution

Industry Overview:
  The push is on for more innovation in the distribution and manufacturing of plastic stock shapes and pipe, valves and fittings. Semi-finished industrial and engineered plastic products are vital to many industries, including construction, marine, automotive, medical and numerous other fields that play valuable roles in society. Perhaps you can find new ways to diffuse sunlight on windows, improve bridge construction, maximize the value of plastic’s light weight to replace metal or other material, or find new ways to waterproof items used under water. Stock forms, sheets and films are just a few of the areas where smart science and technological breakthroughs can make a huge difference.
Common Applications:
  • Blow molders
  • Casting
  • Color compounding
  • Core-making
  • Custom compounds
  • Extruders
  • Engineered resins
  • Environmental services
  • Fabrication
  • Film, film conversion etc.
  • Flame, smoke and safety specifications
  • “Green” chemistry
  • Hardness scale – Shore A, Shore D etc.
  • Injection molding
  • Machining
  • Military – bullet and blast protection
  • Nylon
  • Oleochemicals – saturated, unsaturated
  • Opaque sheets
  • Packaging, repackaging
  • Paraffin wax
  • Pipes, valves, fittings
  • Polycarbonates and blends
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Polystyrene
  • Sheet, rod, tube etc.
  • Supply chain, warehouse management etc.
  • Thermoplastic resin distribution
  • Transparent solutions
  • Weathering
  • Welding equipment
Look for our articles in Plastics Business and other industry publications..

With 30 years of recruiting experience, Ropella understands the unique recruitment and hiring challenges faced by the Plastics industry. First-hand experience with the chemists, manufacturing processes, ingredients, and current plastic customer trends and applications means we can find just the right staff, quickly and efficiently.

Our Executive Search Consultants attend the same industry events and conferences you attend, and are likely members of the same plastics industry trade associations and groups, networking with potential candidates for your company. If you are looking for a highly qualified and professional recruiter, or executive search consultant (headhunter), give Ropella a call and put our people and process to work for you!


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)
We read and write for industry publications, including:
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We regularly attend industry trade shows, including:
We have served and developed relationships with leading companies in the industry, including:
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