It's that time again … time for me to channel the ghost of Casey Kasem and count down the top Plastics News stories of the year.
News junkies (like me) may want to pause now and try to guess the most popular.
This list is based on readership, basically the stories that got the most page views on PlasticsNews.com this year. Because I'm looking at 2017, the list tends to skew just a bit in favor of stories posted early in the year, because they've been online longer.
I'm also combining some related stories where it makes sense, but I'll include all the links for readers interested in more information.
Unlike Casey Kasem, I'm not going to count down the top 40. I'll keep it to 25. As usual, M&A and resin pricing news do pretty well.
So here we go…
No. 25: Post-Harvey, rail, trucking issues are impacting markets
North America had three major hurricanes impact the plastics industry this year, and the most significant was Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Gulf Coast in August. Our No. 25 story came just a few weeks later: “Post-Harvey, rail, trucking issues are impacting markets.”
No. 24: The next plastics boom could be around the corner
Next up is one of our twice-monthly columns from economist Bill Wood: “The next plastics boom could be around the corner.” He looked at the impact of all the new resin capacity coming on stream in North America this year (11 billion pounds of polyethylene capacity alone) and how processors may be impacted.