You remember Bill Clinton’s winning campaign strategy: It’s the economy, stupid! After almost a decade of malaise, we’re delighted to see stories like this one from Plastics news: MANUFACTURING STILL A BRIGHT SPOT IN DARK ECONOMY–and we’re glad to see the jobs that result as the manufacturing sector leads us out of recession.
A new venue for the gigantic NPE trade shoe, Orlando Florida, means a fresh opportunity for exhibitors and attendees. the date is April 1-5, 2012. You can read a lot of tips for making your visit productive, but let us offer a few unconventional ideas. It’s huge-spanning two massive halls, with 1800 exhibitors expecting to host 55,000 attendees. So we’ve got to plan now. The old pros will tell you to learn your elevator pitch, smile, and promise to follow... more
Plastics processors wore broad smiles at last week’s annual meeting of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors http://mappinc.com in Indianapolis. It’s a good year! Two in a row! We’re not sure whether the cheerful faces express happiness or relief. The economic statistics from the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) reveal that plastics processing in the United States improved at a somewhat healthy rate through most of 2011, and the rate of growth ebbed in October. Granted, we’re talking about... more
“To the cloud” has become a popluar catch phrase. It is a reference to your software, and your data, hosted outside of your personal computer. Could the “cloud” impact staffing and employment at your company? The question is relevant because much of our work involves the manipulation and movement of information. Tangible items-manufacturing work in progress-must be moved in a physical way. But information moves through a wire, and the wire spans the globe. Computer screens can be shared by... more
The subtle signs of a meager manufacturing rebound seem to be taking hold. One clue, from the perspective of this recruiting firm, is a demand for engineers. This year we’ve seen a measurable increase in request to hire engineering talent. What’s behind this trend? The cost of manufacturing in China has increased. Domestic suppliers are back in the game, bidding competitively for new contracts. The diminishing value of the US dollar means American-made products look less expensive to other countries.... more
Here’s a brief summary of two days of presentations at the Sustainable Packaging forum: when given a choice between two products, one of which seems over-packaged and the other appears to be eco-friendly, the customer will make a choice for sustainability. Unless one costs less. in that case, the customer will usually buy the cheaper product. That stark fact leaves packaging executives wringing their hands and scratching their heads to create packages that meet sustainability objectives, while simultaneously achieving cost... more
Occasionally we meet a candidate who dreads the interview process, because he feels like a victim. Everybody else in the room has read his resume, planned questions, set traps. Indeed, if that’s your view of job search, you are intimidated. but you do not have to feel inferior. Information is power, and you have a lot of it available at your fingertips. When you step into the interview room, don’t wait for the courtesy question, “Do you have any questions... more
Results of Annual Salary Survey Indicate Continued Optimism Plastics Engineering Magazine details the results from the 2011 Gros-SPE Salary Survey: “The Society of Plastics Engineers and Gros Executive Recruiters would like to thank all who participated in May in the 2011 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey. Participation in the survey was significantly higher than in 2010; a total of 1994 professional respondents took part, up from about 950 in last year’s survey. This year’s survey indicates relative optimism in the... more