Plastics' lost decade? Report looks back over tumultuous 2000-2011 period

The business of plastics processing has been challenging over the past decade, with the more localized recession of 2000-2001, followed by the global recession of 2008-2009. In fact, many in the industry say we're still not back to 'normal' in the plastics processing business. But then what is normal?

That's a question that Peter Mooney PhD, an economist and well-known researcher of the plastics industry, attempts to answer in his latest macro view of the industry. His latest report covers the decade (plus one year) from 2000 to 2011, and takes a peek into the future of the industry as well. It also covers all three North American economies to include Canada and Mexico.

Mooney studied 341 Structural Plastics Processors (blowmolding, injection molding, rotational molding, thermoforming, and pipe, profile, tubing and sheet extrusion), and 199 Non-Structural Plastics Processors (bottle blowmolding, thermoformed packaging, film extrusion and injection molded packaging).....

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