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Overview Industry Overview:

No, when we talk about “films”, we aren’t talking about watching a movie (although old-fashioned film rolls were, indeed, printed on plastic films). Plastic films are thin, flexible membranes that can be cast or extruded from most types of plastic resin. Their most widespread use is in packaging, particularly food packaging. From the in-store bags you use to gather your produce to candy wrappers to stretch wrap used to preserve leftovers, plastic films offer both protection and convenience to food products. Other uses include bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and IV bags.

Plastic films offer an assortment of advantages over other materials – including rigid plastics – especially when it comes to packaging applications. Rigid plastics have a significantly higher strength-to-weight ratio than glass, metal, or paper; plastic films, on the other hand, offer a similar improvement of strength-to-weight as compared to rigid plastics. This means, obviously, that less packaging is needed; this allows for lower production costs, less end waste, reduced storage space requirements, and lower fuel costs thanks to reduced weights.

App Common Applications:

  • Polyvinyly chloride, polyvinyl acetate, polyvinyl fluoride
  • Azeotropic esterification, acylation, etc.
  • Exothermic linking, etc.
  • Ethylene, purity
  • Polymerization, copolymerization, etc.
  • Linear polyethylene
  • Catalysts – Ziegler-Natta, etc.
  • Crystallinity
  • Tacticity
  • Biodegradation – bio-based, bioactive
  • Bio-derived polyethylene – sugar cane, wheat, etc.
  • Types: homopolymer, random polymer, block copolymer
  • Nylon 6, nylon 6,6, etc.
  • Hydrolysis

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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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).
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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)

We conducted a search using internal sources…but had not found the right individual to lead our growing sales organization.  By learning our true needs, utilizing an extensive database and conducting an extensive recruitment search, Ropella recruited several excellent candidates in our own backyard.
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