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SPI's annual Global Business Trends Analyzes: U.S. trade data on an industry-wide and segment-specific basis for 2011. Discover potential new overseas markets and see how trends in exports or imports may help you grow your business. This valuable report explores the factors affecting U.S. exports, imports and trade balances.

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Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S. Economy is a highly useful analysis on the size and scope of the industry and includes state and county data for each plastics sector. It gives 2011 data on number of establishments, number of employees, value added, shipments and capital expenditures for each state.

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Publication date: 9/29/2016

PLASTICS' annual Global Trends study analyzes U.S. trade data on an industry-wide and segment-specific basis for 2016.

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PLASTICS' annual U.S. plastics industry report discusses the industry's growth, competitiveness, and position within the economy.

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PLASTICS' annual Global Trends study analyzes U.S. trade data on an industry-wide and segment-specific basis for 2017.

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Emphasizing the positive impact our industry makes on the economy, this annual report highlights facts about employment, downstream and upstream output impact, size and growth, real value of shipments, real value added and geographic clustering.


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Released: December 2017
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Released October 2018

PLASTICS’ annual Global Trends study analyzes U.S. trade data on an industry-wide and segment specific basis. The 2018 edition of the report is the first to feature a new Global Plastics RankingTM report that ranks each nation’s plastics industry in order to provide data that companies can use to identify new export markets.

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Emphasizing the positive impact our industry makes on the economy, this annual report highlights facts about employment, downstream and upstream output impact, size and growth, real value of shipments, real value added and geographic clustering.


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Released: January 2019
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Emphasizing the positive impact our industry makes on the economy, this annual report highlights facts about employment, downstream and upstream output impact, size and growth, real value of shipments, real value added and geographic clustering.


Format: Downloadable PDF
Released: October 2019
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Released October 2019

PLASTICS’ annual Global Trends study analyzes U.S. trade data on an industry-wide and segment specific basis. The 2019 edition of the report also features the Global Plastics RankingTM report that ranks each nation's plastics industry in order to provide data that companies can use to identify new export markets.

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The 2020 Size & Impact report, detailing the plastics industry's contributions to the U.S. economy and providing an industry forecast, is now available for download. According to the latest data, plastics, the eighth largest industry domestically, accounts for more than one million jobs in the U.S. and $432.0 billion in shipments.


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Released: September 2020
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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) annual Global Trends report analyzes U.S. trade data on an industry-wide and segment-specific basis for 2019 and also provides a peek at 2020. The U.S. plastics industry is still a major player in world trade. This report features key findings that will arm you with the information needed to move in 2021.

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Released: October 2020
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This training course provides baseline knowledge necessary for successful application to the Prop 65 Protection Program. A link is provided at the end of this document to a self-assessment survey that will be used in conjunction with your application to the program, and is required for applicant evaluation.

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Industry Guidance for Recycled Plastics in Food-Contact Applications

FDCPMC Supply Chain Communication for Recycled Applications in Packaging (SCCRAP) Workgroup has completed the guidance document – ‘General Information for Industry on Supply Chain Communication for Recycled Plastics in Food-Contact Applications’. These guidelines are intended as a general roadmap for understanding regulatory compliance requirements applicable to post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics in... Details
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AN-151.1 Safety Requirements for Injection Molding Machines.

The purpose of this standard is to identify and address known hazards to personnel working on, or adjacent to, an injection molding machine (IMM).

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ANSI/PLASTICS B151.11-2021 Safety Requirements for Granulators, Strand Pelletizers and Dicers Used for Size Reduction of Plastics

The requirements of this standard apply to the manufacture, care and use of granulators, strand pelletizers, dicers, and single shaft rotary grinders used for the size reduction of plastics through the use of a rotary cutting action. The equipment can be actuated either manually, mechanically, hydraulically, electrically, pneumatically or by... Details
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ANSI/PLASTICS B151.27-2021 Safety Requirements for Robot / Injection Molding Machine Systems

This American National Standard specifies the safety requirements for the design, implementation, set-up, operation, maintenance and modification of robot / Injection Molding Machine (IMM) systems. A robot / IMM system is comprised of a robot system(s) operating within the volume of the mold area guarding of an IMM.

Date of Publication: 19 March 2021
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ANSI/PLASTICS B151.5-2020 Safety Requirements for Plastic Film and Sheet Winding and Unwinding Machinery

The purpose of this standard is to identify and address known hazards to personnel working on, or adjacent to plastic film/sheet winding, slitter rewinding and unwinding machinery. Safety requirements of ancillary equipment used with this machinery are not covered by this standard.

Date of Publication: May 2020
Format: PDF, 64 pages.
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The purpose of this standard is to minimize hazards to personnel associated with machine activity by establishing requirements for the manufacture, care, and use of extrusion machines.

Author: ANSI/SPI
Date of Publication: 15 January 2014
Format: PDF, 43 pages.
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***NOTICE*** In an effort to protect our community from COVID-19 (coronavirus), our staff are working remotely. Any orders placed now will ship on a delayed schedule until we resume normal office activity.

Molded, ABS plastic plaque. Shows typical surface finishes to aid in communication with customers.
Includes: A-1 (Grade #3 Diamond Buff); A-2 (Grade #6 Diamond Buff); A-3 (Grade #15 Diamond Buff);... Details
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This Guide was developed by the Fluoropolymers Division of The Plastics Industry Association, and is intended to provide information on general guidelines for safe handling of fluoropolymer resins in processing. The guidelines provided are based on the collective experience of members of the industry, but are not intended to be either exhaustive or inclusive of all pertinent requirements. The information provided in this guide is offered in good faith and believed to be reliable, but ... Details
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The library of “Test Methods for the Flexible Vinyl Industry,” produced by Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Flexible Vinyl Products Division (FVPD) Technical Committee, is a compilation of over 50 useful, non-routine analytical tests for flexible PVC. This book features methods that will produce quantitative results for determining numerous material characterizations. Categories of these test procedures include:
1. Raw Material Testing
2. Vinyl Dispersion... Details
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Plastics Market Watch Watching: Transportation explores significant trends in the transportation sector and how they impact plastics and plastics' contributions to vehicles—whether automobiles, trucks, boats, trains, planes or other modes of transportation used around the world. This report takes a deeper dive into four interrelated trends connected through technology, investments, and industry leaders. You also get insight into economics, policy, innovation and consumer information. ... Details
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Released Summer 2015. A series examining the business of plastics, including demographics, economics, policy developments and technological trends in specific plastics end markets.

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Released Fall 2015. A series examining the business of plastics, including demographics, economics, policy developments and technological trends in specific plastics end markets.

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