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Overview Industry Overview:

The difference between thermoplastics and thermoset plastics is relationally somewhat like the difference between water and pasta. Water can be frozen into ice, melted back into water, frozen back into ice, and on and on without losing the structural integrity of the water. This is like thermoplastics, which can be melted and reformed repeatedly without degrading. (Thermoset plastics, however, are more like pasta. Just as pasta can be softened by cooking, but cannot be fully recooked, thermoset plastics cannot be remelted – exposing them to extreme heat after they have been set will only result in burning.)

The ability to be reheated and remolded sets the stage for a variety of useful applications, including Plexiglas, musical strings, grocery bags, data storage devices, and electric cable insulation. Although it is generally more expensive than thermoset plastic and you have to be careful not to get it too hot, lest it melt, these products carry a number of distinct advantages. Perhaps the most apparent is the ease with which they can be reused and recycled. Among their other advantages are more varied aesthetic options, high strength and impact resistance, and bendability.

App Common Applications:

  • Acrylic
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Nylon
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyvinyl Chloride
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
  • Fabricated Plastics
  • Extruded Plastics

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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I wanted to take a moment to extend our thanks to your team at Ropella for our successful search.  We are delighted to have Susan coming on board with us in July and think that you found just the right fit for us!  All of my conversations with Ropella have been so professional and the knowledge that all of you possess of your business has far surpassed any firm that I have worked with previously. In fact, anytime that we requested information or asked to have interviews set up we got such a quick turnaround that it felt like we were your only client! I have very much enjoyed working with you and the rest of the team at Ropella and will not hesitate to recommend the team in the future.

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