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PE ended 2021 up 28 cents, PP up 39.5 cents

From PP, PE prices take a fall in December (Plastics News): Average selling prices for PE slid 5 cents per pound in December, while PP prices tumbled 15 cents, according to buyers and sellers contacted by Plastics News. It’s the third consecutive 5-cent drop seen in the PE market. The October drop was the first seen…More

Cream cheese, ransomware, and supply chain

Bloomberg writes this week about the hidden cause of the cream cheese shortage: their supply chain was disrupted by a ransomware attack. Schreiber Foods in Wisconsin, a top maker of cream cheese, closed for days in October after hackers compromised plants and distribution centers. The company is big enough that the lost production shook U.S. markets. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-12-10/supply-chain-latest-cream-cheese-is-the-latest-casualty-of-cyberattacks?cmpid=BBD121021_TRADE&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=211210&utm_campaign=trade How are…More

The Economist writes that there is reason to believe higher rates of turnover are here to stay. Their columnist writes generally about the three things managers should be doing: gauge the retention risk, pull different levels to retain different types of people, and plan for how to find new workers. First, they should systematically gauge…More

PE and PP markets appear poised for a correction

From “Lower prices ahead for PE, PP resins as supplies improve” (Plastics News): After more than a year of increases, prices for polyethylene and polypropylene resins are expected to trend downward. Market analysts Nick Vafiadis and Joel Morales of IHS Markit gave their outlooks for PE and PP markets Oct. 27 as part of the…More

Auto partnership wants new plastic exterior parts

From “Plastics bring solutions in auto lighting, exteriors for autonomous cars”: The automotive industry needs new concepts to meet optical and physical requirements for exterior parts, as signaling and communication become important aspects for a move toward automated driving. Auto suppliers Marelli and Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group have formed a new partnership to integrate…More

Bloomberg columnist and professor of economics at George Mason University on the supply chain breakdown: …some key nerve centers of the world economy have been hit by a mix of Covid and bad luck, especially in the latter part of this year. Transportation, energy and high-quality semiconductor chips all are experiencing big problems at the…More

Consolidation’s big impact on the rotomolding sector

From Consolidation has the biggest impact on rotomolding sector (Plastics News): With combined sales of more than $2.6 billion for fiscal 2020, 107 firms made the ranking this year. That’s up 3.5 percent vs. 2019. The average sales per company was $23.9 million, that’s up 10 percent. Proprietary molding makes up the biggest share among…More

Pacific Supply Chain Updates

Bloomberg reports: …all inbound and outbound container services at the Meishan terminal in China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port were halted Wednesday until further notice due to what was described as a “system disruption.” The local government said an employee tested positive for coronavirus. […] Even short suspensions in services at major ports like Ningbo can have wider effects on…More

Cargo-handling robots from three US companies

From “The last pieces of warehouse automation will soon be in place” (The Economist): The robotics division of Honeywell, a large American technology company, has come up with a vehicle-sized unit that fits onto the back of a lorry. It has a large arm fitted with suction cups which can pick up several boxes at…More

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