A review of plastics industry reports reveals an emphasis on cost, product innovation and trade measures to achieve competitiveness, and even a competitive advantage. However, there are more ways to acquire advantage than through slow-moving government relations, new products and organizing internal operations beyond ship-shape — all well-worn strategies of your competitors as well. Instead, look at leveraging external conditions by setting company sails to benefit from the shifting winds. Below, we examine three specific possibilities to accomplish this.
Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.
Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.
In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.
Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.