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Plastics Distribution

Overview Industry Overview:

There is no denying the major part that plastics play in our commercial marketplace – even consumer products which do not themselves contain plastics likely utilize plastics throughout the manufacturing process. The backbone of the greater plastics industry lies in distribution, a necessary and driving component that enables all else that follows.

Without sufficient infrastructure to support expedient delivery, manufacturing could quickly ground to a halt. This makes plastics distribution especially vital – both in ensuring that plastic companies receive the raw materials they need, as well as in then dispersing those products to the ultimate end users.

App 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

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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Plastics Distribution


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)

The team at Ropella was instrumental in sourcing the right candidate for our VP of R&D role.  Pat specifically knew just how to persuade this HR Director (who doesn’t like to be pushed by recruiters) into making what may be one of the better staffing decisions for our company.

Director, Human Resources
EP Minerals, LLC
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