The report below provides a good overview of the fourth quarter M&A activity in the Plastics and Rubber Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Plastics and Rubber sector for Q3 2017 included 18 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.
Plastics manufacturers that serve the retail sector have seen steady growth with online retailers, according to Plastics News. Nonstore retail, which primarily includes online retailers such as Amazon, saw sales growth of nearly 11% in the first four months of 2017. While online sales are expected to continue to drive demand for foam packing peanuts and bubble wrap, nonstore retail should also spur demand for specialized durable and reusable plastic shipping containers.
Demand for plastics and rubber in the manufacturing sector has been a guy driver for sector growth throughout 2017.
- US nondurable goods manufacturers’ shipments of plastics and rubber products, an indicator of plastic and rubber products production, fell 0.1% year-to-date in August 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
- The spot price of crude oil, a key raw material in plastic and rubber manufacturing, rose 1.5% in the week ending October 6, 2017, compared to the same week in 2016.
Posted by Jim Zipursky.