This hasn't been the easiest year for materials firms. Mergers, acquisitions, trade, tariffs, expansions, closures, the GM strike ... and don't even try to make predictions about what 2020 will bring.
Reporter Frank Esposito's 2019 report on North American compounders is in this week's print issue of Plastics News. Stories from that report headed online this week include a look at what Asahi Kasei's Ramesh Iyer terms a "mixed year," while also trying to lay out expectations for what's coming.
Automotive is expected to slow in 2020, but one thing is certain: sustainability is hot.