This week our updated annual directory of North American compounders and concentrate makers comes out. See all 189 firms listed in print www.plasticsnews.com/this-week-issue/archives and online www.plasticsnews.com/rankings/custom-compounders.
Over the last several years we've seen quite few acquisitions in this sector. Now some of these have settled into their new corporate identities, and we see just one listing, rather than individual subsidiaries. Firms like Aurora Plastics LLC, Avient Corp., B. Schoenberg & Co. Inc., and LyondellBasell have unified their branding.
Once again we asked for some volume totals and breakouts with mixed results. Just 58 firms provided annual pounds processes. These respondents show the average pounds per company was down 5 percent over last year, but it's a small pool. We hope to continue to grow this data to help our industry understand how much material is processed annually. As a compounder, if you would like to provide your companies total material volume you can send a quick note to [email protected].