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Published: 1/23/2018

Processing Index Finishes 2017 Strongly
December’s reading of 55.5 was second highest of 2017.

Published: 1/2/2018

R&D Spending in Automotive Could Spur Demand
OEMs are investing more in R&D as they explore new technologies, a trend that bodes well for processors serving this market.

Published: 1/2/2018

Processing Index Nears Peak Historical Growth
Growth slowed in November, but index climbed 5% year to date.

Published: 10/31/2017

Third Quarter Finished Strong for Plastics Processing
September’s index hit 54. Processing is up about 9% year-to-date from 2016.

Published: 9/26/2017

August 2017 Index: 56.2
Plastics processors ride manufacturing growth wave.

Published: 9/1/2017

Clearing the Red Tape for Driverless Cars Cuts Both Ways
New technologies and smart legislation could initiate a new round of purchases.

Published: 8/31/2017

July’s Index: 52.9
Overall industry index is up 12% from last July, though processor numbers dip.

Published: 7/27/2017

June 2017 Gardner Business Index Plastics: 52.7
Plastics Processors’ Index up by more than 12% vs. last June. Custom processors are humming along.

Published: 6/28/2017

May’s Index: 56
Industry has grown steadily over last six months.

Published: 5/31/2017

April’s Index: 52
Custom processors and medical market grow for fourth straight month.