It should come as no big surprise to hear that plastics used in medical and packaging are in big demand. Now we're starting to get an idea of just how big that demand has been.
Materials giant Covestro AG's South Deerfield, Mass., polycarbonate film plant, which makes material for medical face shields, saw a year's worth of orders in just two months.
Packaging company Silgan Holdings Inc., which is a top 10 processor in North America for blow molding and injection molding, saw sales of its pumps and dispensers in the closures unit rise by 5 percent for the quarter, while plastic containers rose by 6 percent.
Spartech LLC has been running at full capacity, and some lines are running 24/7 to produce material, used in shields, intubation boxes and other medical items.
"Some of these medical compounds are standard products for us, but we've seen changes in order sizes and timing," Rich Rogers, plant manager at Covestro's compounding plant in Newark, Ohio, said. "We're getting a lot of rush orders for larger amounts than usual."