Caption: FIG 1 The Plastics Processing Index started the year where it left off 2017, with modest growth powered by new orders and production.
Caption: FIG 2 New orders have been a critical driver of the GBI Plastics Processing Index.
Compared with the broader Plastics Processing Index
, custom processors reported slightly lower growth in 2017, but still had a very solid year when measured against their results of past years.
3, the third quarter's Plastics Processing Index
was slightly above its year-to-date average, due to stronger data on production, new orders, and supplier deliveries.
The Plastics Processing Index
is calculated by GBI each month from surveys sent to subscribers of Plastics Technology magazine.