Perc Pineda, Ph.D., returns to the Plastics Industry Association

WASHINGTON, DC—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Perc Pineda has returned to fill the role of Chief Economist, effective immediately.

A member of the senior PLASTICS team, Pineda will be integral to the association’s ability to continue to generate original, scientific, and data-driven research for and on behalf of PLASTICS members.

As PLASTICS’ leading expert in economics, statistics and industrial research, Pineda will provide regular updates on the impact of national and global economies to PLASTICS members and the public. Pineda will produce various publications, including the popular annual publication of PLASTICS Size and Impact report, analyzing the contributions of the plastics industry to the US economy. Pineda will also be the voice of PLASTICS in audiences, thought leadership and conferences, addressing industry issues relating to economics.

“We are thrilled to have Perc back on the PLASTICS team,” said Matt Seaholm, president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association. “He brings significant expertise that is unmatched in our industry. Perc’s invaluable ability to identify economic trends and forecast the state of the market is highly valued and regularly anticipated by our members.

Prior to returning to PLASTICS, Pineda served as a senior economist for the Credit Union National Association, where he tracked macroeconomic trends, conducted economic research, wrote articles for industry publications, and interacted with the media. . Pineda’s professional experience also includes teaching macroeconomics at St. Francis College in New York, and microeconomics, finance and the economics of regulation and law at the City University of New York. Prior to his academic endeavors, Pineda served as an analyst for the International Monetary Fund. He holds both a Ph.D. and a Master of Philosophy in Economics from The New School (formerly The New School for Social Research), a Master of Economics from American University, and a Master of International Management from the University of Maryland.

“The value added of the plastics industry – its contribution to the economy – is a major force in all manufacturing sectors,” Pineda said upon his return. “I welcome the opportunity to provide, once again, economic, industrial and commercial information to the hundreds of PLASTICS member companies throughout the supply chain and to the industry as a whole.”

Since 1937, PLASTICS, the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, has strived to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS educational initiatives, industry-leading news and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE: The Plastics Exhibition, visit or go to It’s PLASTIC.

Andrew B. Reiter