Filed under: The Elements & Total Plastics | Tags: alternative materials, chemical resistance, copper prices, plastics company, price of copper
Tracking the price of copper, like many other commodities, would inspire the world’s greatest rollercoaster design. In 2011, it hit 5-year record highs at more than $4.50/lb. Copper prices saw steady gains through much of 2011, consistent with previous years, until the cost finally dipped as 2011 came to a close [illustrated in the chart below]. Entering the year, investors tabbed copper as fundamentally one of the strongest commodities, something that isn’t likely to change in 2012. From various forecasts and projections, the price of copper is likely to rise up from approximately $3.50/lb to between $4-$4.50/lb. This is in stark contrast to the recession years when the price of copper bottomed out at less than $1.50 a pound.
I first stated that copper’s prices had more of a rollercoaster design appeal. This wouldn’t be true if your business relies heavily on the metal. It’d sooner inspire the world’s biggest headache. The price per ton has ranged from $3,000 to $9,400 in the last 3 years. The purchasing department’s cost allocation report for the quarter could simply be “?”.
I can look at prices, past and projected, stockpiles and mining outlooks all day on various commodities. I find it fascinating to track the ripple affect that leads to this-or-that gain and loss, whether it stockpiling by the Chinese, natural disasters impacting mining, or the advent of alternative materials . I typically zero in on copper since in a previous position, its price had the biggest impact on the company month-to-month.
As you may expect from someone sitting in a position with a plastics company, the “alternative material” is a popular subject matter when addressing metals, metal prices and properties. I recently stumbled upon a chart comparing the polymer PEEK to various metals. According to the research, PEEK has better chemical resistance when compared to bronze, aluminum or steel. It’s also harder than bronze or aluminum while maintaining a much lower density. That was just a snippet of the information this research revealed.
This post is just an initial entry, an introduction of sorts, into a series we’ll publish of the course of the year that will measure plastic material against certain metals. There are applications and where metal, such as copper, has long been the standard. We mean to demonstrate that plastics can be used as a suitable, if not better, alternative material.
Filed under: The Elements & Total Plastics
If you’re a follower of TPI’s blog, here’s a little update of what’s in the hopper. Currently in the works and should be published over the next few days:
• Alternative material mindset
• Business in spite of weather
• The wonderful world of SWAG
• Oregon’s exploding whale
Filed under: B2B, The Elements & Total Plastics | Tags: Advertising, Apps, B2B, business, CES 2012, Marketing, movie trailer, Smartphones, Technology
The Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2012), which concluded Jan. 13, is typically the launching ground of some of the newest, coolest technology. Browsing through some of the highlights I came across this video, presented by Aurasma, which absolutely blew me away.
The most basic explanation of how this is possible is the app recognizes the imagine of the $20 bill, which acts as a trigger. The subsequent 3D rendering and video is overlaid, making it appear as if your imagine has come to life.
Imagine reading through a magazine and coming across an ad for a upcoming movie that piques your interest. You grab your phone, snap a picture of the ad and the movie trailer plays as if it were on the page. Basically, this technology allows printed advertisements to come to life. Static ads, posters, newsletters, logos, and so on, will reveal a much greater, deeper message.
You can probably say goodbye to QR codes.
There’s much more about this software to learn and understand, which I am still doing. I’ll keep you posted. From an marketing and advertising standpoint, this opens up a world of possibility.
Filed under: The Elements & Total Plastics | Tags: job openings, knoxville area, plastics, sales representative
Join the Total Plastics Team!
TPI currently has an opening for an Account Manager/Outside Sales Representative serving the Knoxville-area market. Below is a link to the full job description contained in LinkedIn:
Details to apply for the position are contained on the LinkedIn page (a LinkedIn account is required to apply). For more job openings at TPI, please click here.
I learned of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il’s death via Twitter. It was a surreal moment as the echo of me saying “Twitter’s useless” still resonates. But I said that before I became a Tweeter myself. In fact, I said that without any real immersion into the site. I now find a lot of value with Twitter, as do millions of others. With that said, I knew Twitters value to me personally, but could Total Plastics benefit from Twitter?
Personally, I follow a lot of sports writers, athletes and various sports-related personalities. Their presence on Twitter first convinced me of its value. For instance, multiple sports writers break news via their Twitter feed. More so than on your standard sports website. They also share story links, excerpts from stories, and interesting personal observations. For me, Twitter is a single platform to access ESPN, Yahoo, The Sporting News, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, and on and on. I’ve shaped my own sports news community. I’m tapped in to what interests me and I disregard what doesn’t. NFL, college football, college basketball and MLB … Yes, yes, yes, and yes. NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MMA … No, no, no and no.
With Total Plastics’ Twitter feed, our goal is to shape an industry-related community where we’re tapped into the news and events that affect us. Additionally, as an industry-leading distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film and tape, Total Plastics aims to significantly contribute to that community. Much in the way I rely on trusted sports writers for news, we want others tapping into the industry news to follow and rely on us.
We hope that community grows. We’re a part of it now, following others in it and contributing to it. We hope to connect to professionals in various industries that rely on plastics material.
Total Plastics can be found on Twitter @plasticssource.
Filed under: Life Science Division, The Elements & Total Plastics | Tags: aaos annual meeting, american academy of orthopaedic surgeons, life sciences division, medical grade plastics
Total Plastics Life Sciences Division is an industry-leading materials supplier of medical grade plastics. Headquartered out of our Fort Wayne location, TPI Life Sciences reaches the orthopaedics, endoscopy, arthroscopy, cardiovascular, neurological, biomechanical, diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries.One of our most valuable affiliations is with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Total Plastics Life Sciences Division has a regular presence at the AAOS annual meeting, held this year on Feb. 7-11 in San Francisco. As part of the meeting, AAOS conducts a tradeshow which will be held Feb. 8-10 at the Moscone Center. If you’re planning on attending, please pay us a visit at booth #5144. Representing TPI’s Life Sciences Division at the AAOS meeting will be Michael Kell, Business Development Manager, Teresa Parsons, Branch and Product Manager, and Michael Ulanowicz, Senior Technical Sales Manager.
TPI Life Sciences features ISO-certified facilities, USP Class VI, FDA and ISO 10993 compliant materials, complete material lot and batch traceability, laser markable products and offers worldwide shipping. Our quality material are used to manufacture medical devices, surgical instruments, and sterilization trays and containers.
If you’d like to learn more about TPI’s Life Sciences Division and our medical grade plastics, please visit Life Sciences Division Homepage.
Filed under: The Elements & Total Plastics | Tags: business, recipe, SEO, Twitter
Just a quick note after a nice, yet busy, holiday weekend. The Elements blog will be publishing three new posts as the week wraps up.
- Detailing some of Total Plastics 2012 tradeshow opportunities. Annually, we target and attend a hand full of shows and this year shouldn’t be any different. Here’s a preview of where we’re headed next.
- An introduction to @plasticssource, our world within Twitter. Despite plenty of naysayers, there is great value to the 140 character updates that this social network provides. News breaks and travels on this site like few others.
- The greatest salsa recipe ever and other holiday notes.
Filed under: The Elements & Total Plastics | Tags: Marketing, plastics, small business
Richard Davis founded Second Chance Body Armor, headquartered in Central Lake, Michigan. While many people aren’t familiar with him either professionally or personally, he is an internet sensation. He’s the guy that will shoot himself at point blank range with a handgun (with real, live ammunition) to test and demonstrate one of his bullet resistant vests. He’s a link to a YouTube video:
For 20-plus years he traveled around demonstrating his vests in this unique fashion. It’s all at once the most brilliant and most insane marketing campaign ever.
I got to know Richard, as I lived and worked in Central Lake for a couple years at the local newspaper. He was a unique individual. He had a mind of an entrepreneur and innovator. He couldn’t sit still for a minute without coming up with a new idea for Second Chance, or anything else for that matter.
Unfortunately, the company hit hard times around 2000. Richard called me one morning, requesting to do a rebuttal on a scathing story the Detroit Free Press released about Second Chance. The company was accused of knowingly producing and releasing vests made with material that proved to degrade over time. It faced numerous lawsuits which ultimately proved to sink the small company. When I arrived for the interview, I expected a very tense atmosphere, as the biggest newspaper in Michigan had levied some serious accusations against him. What I got was Richard with a deck of playing cards, ready to show me the new card game he created.
Total Plastics distributes security grade and military specification plastics. I often think about Richard when working on a piece of literature for our line of bullet resistant plastic. He’d skip the brochure, flyers, advertisements and what not, set up a security grade sheet of plastic, stand behind it to prove that it could stop a bullet. I’m not quite there yet.
Here’s a link to Total Plastics’ bullet resistant material.