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Consumer Products Plastics

Overview Industry Overview:

Although it’s not something most of us frequently think about, it’s amazing how many consumer products across all industries are packaged in plastic. There are, of course, plastic water and soda bottles, and all of those consumer electronics in their notoriously-difficult-to-open plastic shells. Ketchup packets, portable packs of baby wipes, medicine bottles, and dissolvable laundry detergent pods are all made of plastic.

Plastic containers offer a wide variety of benefits for CPG companies. Some plastics are flexible and yielding (making those ketchup packets easy to squeeze) while others are firm and offer a protective barrier (ensuring the enclosed drink does not leak out of the bottle when closed). Perhaps the most significant advantages is that plastic allows companies to do more with less – only two pounds of plastic are needed to hold ten gallons, compared to eight pounds of steel or a whopping forty pounds of glass that would be required to hold the same amount.

Plastics packaging manufacturers continue to push research and innovation to remain in step with consumer demand for product safety, aesthetics, performance and sustainability.

App Common Applications:

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-stats
  • Biodegradability
  • Calendering
  • Carbon, silicone
  • Casting
  • Colorants
  • Crystalline, amorphous
  • Impact resistance
  • Extrusion
  • Fillers
  • Film blowing
  • Flame retardants
  • Foaming agents
  • Lubricants
  • Melt flow
  • Molding – injection, blow, rotational etc.
  • Monomer, homopolymer, copolymer etc.
  • Natural, synthetic
  • Overmolding
  • Plasticizers
  • Pyrolysis
  • Regulation – government agencies
  • Thermoset, thermoplastic
  • Thermoforming
  • Toxicity, safety etc.
  • Transparency, opaqueness

Solutions Solutions:

With almost 35 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.

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Consumer Products Plastics


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

Sales Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
R & D 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 and Finance Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Executive Level Management Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Investment Experts Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)

With my upcoming retirement I wanted to let you know that Ropella & Associates is one of the best Executive Recruiting firms with whom I’ve worked. You identified my needs and presented candidates which were all well qualified for the positions available. I don’t hesitate to recommend your services to other companies.

Vice-President, Oleochemicals SBU
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