Companies in this industry manufacture plastic bags and bottles, plastic film and sheets, plastic pipe and foams, rubber hoses, and tires. Major companies include US-based Berry Global Group, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Goodyear, and Newell Brands, as well as Amcor (Australia), Bridgestone (Japan), Michelin (France), Pirelli (Italy), and Reynolds Group Holdings (New Zealand).
Because plastic products are widely used in industry and as consumer products, demand depends on the overall health of the economy. The profitability of individual companies depends on product mix and production efficiency. Large companies have economies of scale in buying raw materials and in manufacturing commodity products such as bottles and plastic film. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing.
Products, Operations & Technology
Major products include plastic bags and bottles, plastic film and sheets, plastic pipe and foams, rubber hoses, and tires. Plastic products account for about 80% of industry revenue.