Prediction is derived from the Latin præ-, "before," and dicere, "to say", and by that standard, PlasticsToday's prognostications for the automotive, medical, bioplastic, moldmaking, and packaging markets meet the minimum definition of a "prediction," with our editors saying what they think will happen in 2012 before 2012 ends. Of course, as Danish physicist Neils Bohr pointed out, "Predictions can be very difficult-especially about the future," so we post these informed guesses for the new year, fully acknowledging the fickleness of the future and likely futility of our efforts to forecast.
The auto sector in 2012: China, composites, calamities, and an electric boost
PlasticsToday's Stephen Moore offers his outlook for the automotive industry, which endured natural disasters in Asia in 2011, after surving economic catastrophes in 2009 and 2010. Whatever happens in 2012, Stephen assures us that draconian car-ownership fees where he lives in Singapore mean that despite writing about the automotive plastics industry for us, he'll remain a bike, and not a car, owner....