The results are in, and Plastics News readers were overwhelmingly interested in one topic in 2021: resin pricing.
That's a big change from 2020, when COVID-19 dominated my list of the most popular headlines on PlasticsNews.com. COVID stories finished well down the list this year.
This is my annual blog post listing our most popular Plastics News stories, measured by web traffic. Most years, the top stories fit into one of four categories: M&A news, resin pricing, big scoops or safety-related stories.
But 2021 is a year that broke the mold. Supply chain issues were big news, and plastic resin shortages and skyrocketing prices were second only to computer chips in generating the most attention in the mainstream press.
Cream cheese was a distant runner-up. But look on the bright side: a least we have plenty of toilet paper this year.
Most years I share all the top stories. But this year, I'm taking a few liberties with the list, for the sake of variety. Take my word for it, if I gave you a true Top 10 list this year, every single one would be about resin pricing.
Frank Esposito was a busy guy this year, and we always had plenty to talk about, and big audiences, for our monthly Polymer Points Live webinars.
So, from the home office in Belleville, Mich., here are the Plastics News Top 10 stories of 2021, plus a mini-ranking of our most popular blogs: