10 Surprising U.S. Plastic Industry Facts


It can’t be argued that the plastic manufacturing industry has impacted our world more than any other industry. Plastic has single-handedly revolutionized everything from how we store foods and liquids to how we administer life-saving medications. It has also dramatically reduced operational costs for the country’s industrial sector, serves as a steady and reliable source of national employment, and it helps keep the country’s environmental stability in check through its innovating recycling methods.

But, despite all of this, there remains certain things that most people don’t even realize about the U.S. plastic industry. Here, US Cast, one of the leading plastic tube manufacturers in America, shares ten of the most surprising facts about the country’s ever-evolving plastic industry.     

  1. Plastic is the third-largest manufacturing industry in the United States.
  2. The U.S. plastic industry employs more than 900,000 workers.
  3. There are more than 16,000 injection molding and plastic manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and facilities can be found in all 50 states.
  4. In 2012, the U.S. plastic industry shipped about $373 billion in plastic goods.
  5. Between 2011 and 2012, the consumption of plastic products in the United States increased by 5.7%.
  6. In 2012, plastic manufacturers spent more than $10 billion on new capital equipment, proof positive of the industry’s growth.
  7. In 2012, the plastic industry logged $13.1 billion in trade surplus.
  8. Plastic is a major export for the U.S. with our top three importers being Mexico, Canada, and China.
  9. In the last 25 years, the U.S. plastic industry has grown by an average annual rate of 0.1%, compared to all other manufacturing industries, which have experienced annual declines by an average of 1.4%.
  10. In 2012, U.S. plastic manufacturers produced 105.9 billion pounds of products. In 2013, that amount increased to a whopping 107.5 billion pounds!

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US Cast is one of the country’s leading plastic tube manufacturers and we provide custom made rods and tubes to just about every industry sector. If you have a need for custom-fabricated plastic, give us a call today and we can help.

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