When it comes to the fortunes of the plastics sector it's a mixed picture. And since the government expects a revived manufacturing base to turn the economy round it's time it does something to help
1 May 2012
The collapse of Birkby's Plastics, the last-surviving founding member of the British Plastics Federation, is a reminder that trading in today's economic environment remains tough
17 April 2012
When the head of an industrial behemoth like BAE Systems calls for more joined up thinking across government departments we have to hope the politicians are paying attention.
16 March 2012
My heart – no pun intended – sank when I saw the latest survey on Bisphenol A (BPA), where a research team drew a link between the additive and coronary disease.
5 March 2012
The current climate reinforces the need for companies to be better prepared when it comes to finding, securing and developing new business
20 January 2012
First we had the Prime Minister, warning us in his New Year message that tough times lay ahead. Then we heard about Her Majesty’s tax officials targeting small firms over their tax affairs, while the ‘big boys’ were being let off their tax indiscretions with just a wagging finger.
9 January 2012
Barack Obama has a tough job on his hands, coming into the post of president of the world’s biggest economy even as the US is looking at its worst downturn in decades.
23 January 2009
The BPF’s Recession Action Group is named accurately, but “war cabinet” is more evocative of the nature of the group (PRW 28 November).
5 December 2008
Ineos and Sabic Innovative Polymers have both announced major production cutbacks in recent days.
17 November 2008
The new president-elect of the US has a tough job on his hands.
10 November 2008
The government makes a lot of play on upskilling the workforce to support a drive for innovation that it says UK manufacturers should pursue in order to remain competitive. Its efforts have found form in the creation of Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies.
3 November 2008
The political capital made this week on support for small and medium sized enterprises begs a few questions.
24 October 2008
The recession now approaching us – or possibly already here, if this week’s unemployment figures are anything to go by – poses questions about its impact on various areas of the economy.
21 October 2008
Reading the news headlines at the moment makes it difficult not to feel a sense of doom or at least serious worry about the financial crisis.
10 October 2008
BBC journalist Chris Jeavans has finished her self-imposed abstinence from plastics and even if we were to be confrontational about this, I would still say it is fair to call the result a "draw".
7 September 2008