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Plastics Manufacturing

Overview Industry Overview:

From construction equipment to health-care, plastics touch every part of our lives. This is due, in part, to the industry’s emphasis on innovation. While the construction and automotive industry have long embraced the advantages of plastic, many others are beginning to appreciate the benefits plastic can provide. Injection molding continues to play a significant part in this industry, but 3D printing is at the forefront of plastic’s future.

3D printing has driven much of this growth – now more than ever, plastic products can be made quickly and accurately. These innovations are especially noteworthy as they apply to health care. 3D printing and plastics is enabling the decrease of medical technology cost, and the increase of artificial solutions and replacements. On the horizon are breakthroughs including the development of functional replacement organs. While other segments of the manufacturing industry decline, plastics manufacturing continues to increase.

App Common Applications:

  • Monomers – Petrochemical, Coal Gasification, Alternatives
  • Polymers – Synthesizing, Compounding etc.
  • Plastic Injection Molding, Shaping
  • Extrusion
  • Calendering
  • Polymerization – Condensation, Addition etc.
  • Additives – Antioxidants, Ultraviolet Stabilizers, Plasticizers, Lubricants, Pigments, Flame Retardants, Anti-Statics etc.
  • Composites
  • Reinforcements – Glass, Carbon Fibers etc.
  • 3D Printing
  • Molding – Rotational, Compression, Blow, Injection
  • Blowing – Film, Expanded Bead
  • Thermoforming
  • Casting
  • Thermosets, Polyethylenes, Polyesters, Epoxies etc.
  • Automation – Robots etc.
  • Machinery – Recycling, Plastic Cutting, Plastic Processing

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 Manufacturing


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)

Patrick,  It was nice seeing you at this year’s Soap & Detergent Association annual meeting. I look forward to sharing the Right Hire with my leadership team. Thanks again to a valued partner and Leader.

Procter & Gamble
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