[Infographic] Plastics & Rubber

July 2017

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As sustainability, robotics and the improved health of end markets drive optimism in the plastic and rubber industry, emerging risks are growing. Regulations, supply chain and labor challenges are top of mind, but plastic and rubber manufacturers also note more pressure related to access to capital and credit availability for their own business, as well as their customers. While plastic manufacturers remain highly dependent on the consumer industry, and therefore the general health of the economy, rubber manufacturers continue to closely watch the auto industry, as well as their growing healthcare market. Pricing challenges abroad, coupled with evolving international trade regulations, are also keeping the sector up at night.