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The Plastics Industry Association provide a complete data resource portfolio to help our members make informed business decisions that continue to drive our industry’s innovations and success by tracking macroeconomic events and data releases year-round. Explore our resources by clicking below. 

NEW! Plastics Business Outlook Index

The Annual Plastics Business Outlook Index is a comprehensive barometer for the plastics industry. The findings represented in this report come from an online survey of our members who represent the entire plastics supply chain—brand owners, equipment and material suppliers, moldmakers, processors/convertors, recyclers and service providers. Respondents were asked to characterize their overall business outlook at the time of the survey compared to the previous six months from which a Plastics Business Outlook Index is calculated. The report quantifies business expectations for the plastics industry six to twelve months forward. 

Be on the lookout—the next survey will be conducted July 2019.

Download full report here. 

  • Plastics Workforce Resources

    As part of PLASTICS efforts to provide our members with resources and guidance on the workforce development issue, we have developed a Plastics Workforce Profile that contains data on the plastics industry’s occupation by state. The occupations, percentage of total, hourly and annual wages for each of the four broad sectors of the plastics industry can be downloaded here:

    The data are based on the occupational employment statistics survey of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The percent (%) of total column does not add up to 100, due to missing data. Employment estimates that are not available are indicated by **. The data posted here will be updated when new employment statistics are available from the BLS.

    Some states have apprenticeship and workforce development programs. Contact information by state including the Veterans Affairs can be downloaded below. As conditions change, other states may offer workforce development programs. PLASTICS will keep tabs on these changes and will provide additional states with their respective contacts as they become available.

    Career opportunities in the plastics industry continue to evolve. PLASTICS has compiled a list of five dynamic occupations in the industry that are currently in high demand and are projected to see substantial openings over the next decade. Click below to learn more about the plastics industry’s workforce career opportunities.

  • Brexit Whitepaper

    While the EU agreed to a Brexit delay until October 31, 2019, avoiding a "potentially calamitous" Brexit set for April 12, 2019, there is no guarantee of an orderly departure from the EU in terms of an arrangement for continued access to the EU common market. The UK can leave before October 31, 2019 if Prime Minister Theresa May can get her deal approved by UK parliament. Without a deal, UK's trade regime will default to the most-favored-nation clause under the World Trade Organization rules. This will negative impact UK's economy and the economy of the EU and non-EU countries with trade relationships with the UK.

    To read more on the effects of Brexit on the U.S. plastics industry by clicking below. This resource is available for PLASTICS members only. 

    Download Whitepaper here. 

  • Monthly Plastics Production and Capacity Utilization

    Find the Monthly Plastics Production and Capacity Utilization (1980-Present) data. This resource is available for PLASTICS members-only.

    Download data here.

  • Plastics Producer Price Indices

    Find the Monthly Plastics Producer Price Indices. This resource is available for PLASTICS members-only.

    Download Information Here

  • Plastics Exports via the USMCA
  • U.S. Medical Devices Trade Report

    This quarterly medical devices trade report is prepared for the members of PLASTICS’ Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Applications Committee (PMDAC) providing data insights on imports, exports and trade balance. This resource is available for PLASTICS members-only.

    Download report here.