Performance Plastics Podcast

Performance Plastics Podcast

Join IAPD and special guests as they discuss the performance plastics industry and its various applications.

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May 23, 2023 20 mins

From landing the job to climbing the company ladder,  the journey to a successful plastics career may not be what you expect. Join us for this month's Performance Plastics podcast while we chat with Calvin Petersen, general manager at Nylatech, Inc., for inside insights into a nearly 30-year career in Performance Plastics. 

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People want to be a part of a bigger purpose. What is that for your company? Join us on this month of the Performance Plastics podcast while we chat with Chad Gono, CEO of Regal Plastics, to gain insights on how to leverage your company's core values to drive top talent attraction and retention. 

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In the latest episode of the Performance Plastics Podcast, we are joined by Applications and Standards Engineer, Alex Peters from Arkema. Peters shares her "one-in-a-career" experience at the 2022 Fall IAPD Introduction to Plastics Live Training, being a member of the IAPD GenerationNext Advisory Board and being a young professional in the performance plastics industry. 

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Self-advocacy in the workplace is crucial when having conversations about taking on more responsibilities at work or leveling up for a promotion. Discover how to advocate for yourself in the workplace and gain insights and advice from two women well-versed in the performance plastics industry. Both Sherry Steele and Laura Betz have worked several different positions in the performance plastics industry and have stories and advice t...

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Want to learn about the industry from the perspective of a successful manufacturer's representative? Listen now to hear about the successful career of Chris Corona, CartierWilson LLC. You'll hear stories of just getting started in the industry, and how IAPD can be a great influence on your networking value.  Corona is one of five new members to the post following the 2022 IAPD Annual Convention in Tampa, FL, USA this...
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In this episode we hear from General Manager at Polymershapes, Sher'ron Underwood and Recruitment Specialist at Polymershapes, Ellen Whitecavage.  This episode is a conversation between one early and one seasoned professional in the performance plastics industry. This episode dives into the questions we often ask our mentors: How did you find yourself in the performance plastics industry? How do I differentiate myself from the...

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English title: Research, Production and Career Development

English Description: Join us for the first all-Spanish Performance Plastics Podcast episode where we hear about career development and how IAPD University resources can elevate your knowledge. 

Efrén Carrillo Lara works in production and focuses on research and development polyamide for Tipsa Plastics. Jesus Montemayor is a general sales manager for T...
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Listen to the latest episode of the Performance Plastics Podcast: Introducing IAPD's Vice President, Peter DelGado to hear from a performance plastics industry leader about his career in performance plastics, insight from his 30 years in the industry and just a little bit of rock 'n roll. 

Starting in inside sales with Curbell Plastics Inc. more than 30 years ago, DelGado is a nationally recognized leader in the performanc...

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June 13, 2022 45 mins

Whether your company is just starting out on your sustainability journey, or you’re a seasoned pro looking to do more, there’s always room for improvement. This webinar (turned bonus podcast episode) looks at sustainability as your own unique ongoing journey. This journey usually starts out by a company putting in measures to “go green” and grows from there.

In this episode, you will learn how to:

• Start the journey: picking the low...

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In this episode, IAPD Educational Committee members, Pete Daumeyer and Jesse Rivera, sit down to ask each other questions using the six-question method to help get you started on choosing the best plastic for your customers...

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Expert Guest: Drew Schwartz, President and Co-Owner of Colorado Plastic Products

Drew Schwartz, along with his wife, is the owner of Colorado Plastic Products in Louisville, CO. He is also a member of the Executive Committee on the IAPD Board of Directors and the IAPD Environmental Committee.

In this episode, Drew shares his journey on how he made his way into a career in the performance plastics industry, the ins...

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January 26, 2022 12 mins

Expert Guest: Jake Fallon, Ph.D., 3D Printing Materials Engineer at Braskem

What machines are used to create 3D printed materials? Find out in the final part of our 3D printing podcast series featuring Jake Fallon, Ph.D., a 3D printing materials engineer at Braskem. In parts one and two, we discussed the role 3D printing is playing in the evolution of the plastics industry and the different materials used. In this episode,...

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December 15, 2021 7 mins

Expert Guest: Jason Vagnozzi, Commercial Director of 3D Printing at Braskem

What kind of materials are used in 3D printing? Find out in this episode, the second in our series on 3D printing featuring Jason Vagnozzi, the commercial director of 3D printing at Braskem. In part one, Vagnozzi discussed the role 3D printing is playing in the evolution of the plastics industry. In this episode, he'll take a deeper dive into ...

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November 22, 2021 12 mins

Expert Guest: Jason Vagnozzi, Commercial Director of 3D Printing at Braskem

This is the first of three in our series on 3D printing with Braskem. Our expert guest in this episode is Jason Vagnozzi, commercial director of 3D Printing at Braskem. Vagnozzi is going to share with us how 3D printing's role is evolving in the plastics industry.




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Expert Guest: Graeme Fraser, President and CEO of Redwood Plastics and Rubber

With over 50 years in performance plastics, Graeme Fraser shares some of his insights on how the industry has changed throughout the years, his favorite applications and how being involved with IAPD has benefited his business.

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Performance Plastics are often misunderstood by the general population. Especially when it comes to the environmental benefits offered. This episode will take a closer look at why ESG issues (environmental, social and governance) are so important in our industry, especially relating t...

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Expert Guest: Melissa Grace, Vice President of AGRULINE & Textiles at AGRU America, Inc.

Why were nearly 13 million Texans without electricity or clean water during the winter storm events that occurred in early 2021? Central to this issue is the state's infrastructure and the damage that occurred to water and gas piping systems under the extreme weather.

In this episode, we will examine how these types o...

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