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Overview Industry Overview:

Polyester fabrics hit their first peak in the 1970s with popular polyester suits. Though those fashions quickly faded, polyester has recently seen a resurgence thanks to the advent of microfibers. While polyester was one incorrectly thought to be cheap and uncomfortable, these microfibers have allowed the creation of fabrics that are so smooth they are virtually indistinguishable from silk.

Although fabric might be the first thing most people think of when they hear ‘polyester’, there are a variety of other applications for this durable plastic from computer mouse pads to car tire reinforcement. In fact, the most prevalent use for this material is PET plastic bottles, which offer portable, shatterproof protection for sodas and other beverages.


App Common Applications:

  • Thermoplastic, thermoset
  • Saturated, unsaturated
  • Molecular weight – catalysts, antimony oxide, etc.
  • Thixotropy – shear thinning
  • Cross-linking
  • Fibers
  • Films
  • Packaging
  • Synthesizing – condensation polymerization, spinning, drawing
  • Forms – filament, tow, fiberfill, staple

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).
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)

We have really enjoyed partnering with Ropella for our recruiting needs. Their high standards have brought us “best in class” talent to help move our organization forward and grow our business. Their professionalism and customer service is the best. They really listen the customer to find the exact candidate to fit our needs. I highly recommend Ropella as one of my favorite recruiters to work with.

Director of Human Resources
Peter Cremer North America
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