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MAPP Quarterly Pulse Report (Q3 | 2022)

Date: October 31, 2022

The third Quarterly Pulse Report for 2022 is now available!

This report evaluates the past, current, and anticipated future performance of plastics companies across the United States. The data from this survey gives executives detailed insights into how the industry is performing, allowing them to benchmark their organizations against the rest of the plastics industry.

This report provides insight into:

  • The current state of the plastics processing industry
  • Sales and financial performance metrics
  • Key performance indicators in production and operations
  • Current human resource management trends (such as salary and staffing levels)
  • The six-month perception of future business performance and the state of the plastics industry

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MAPP Quarterly Pulse Report (Q2 | 2022)

Date: August 1, 2022

The second Quarterly Pulse Report for 2022 is now available!

This report evaluates the past, current, and anticipated future performance of plastics companies across the United States. 

The data from this survey gives executives detailed insights into how the industry is performing, allowing them to benchmark their organizations against the rest of the plastics industry.

This report provides insight into:

  • The current state of the plastics processing industry
  • Sales and financial performance metrics
  • Key performance indicators in production and operations
  • Current human resource management trends (such as salary and staffing levels)
  • The six-month perception of future business performance and the state of the plastics industry

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2022 Health and Benefits Report

Date: July 12, 2022

The purpose of the Health and Benefits Report is to capture and provide insight into the health and benefits strategies of manufacturers across the United States to help businesses make better, more informed decisions. The statistics in this report represent 273 unique manufacturers in the mold building, rubber products manufacturing, and plastics processing industries across 37 states. The report content includes health insurance options used, contribution levels, eligibility for health benefits, medical expenditure, cost containment strategies, prescription drug coverage, Rx cost containment strategies, ancillary benefits offered, annual benefit renewal process, and retirement programs offered. The report also features an appendix that segments the data by plastics processors.

Member price: $150.00
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2022 MAPP Wage and Salary Report

Date: July 7, 2022

The 2022 Wage and Salary Report offers a thorough 10-year analysis of compensation for 68 job titles, which represent 223 plastics processors and 24,932 employees in 37 states. Additionally, this report includes historical trends for employment levels, overtime paid, 2nd and 3rd shift pay differentials, PTO, sick time, and vacation offered. The data is segmented by annual revenue and United States region.

Member price: $250.00
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MAPP Quarterly Pulse Report (Q1 | 2022)

Date: April 18, 2022

The first Quarterly Pulse Report for 2022 is now available!

This report evaluates the past, current, and anticipated future performance of plastics companies across the United States. 

The data from this survey gives executives detailed insights into how the industry is performing, allowing them to benchmark their organizations against the rest of the plastics industry.

This report provides insight into:

  • The current state of the plastics processing industry
  • Sales and financial performance metrics
  • Key performance indicators in production and operations
  • Current human resource management trends (such as salary and staffing levels)
  • The six-month perception of future business performance and the state of the plastics industry

Member price: $50.00
Non-member price: $100.00

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2022 Production and Quality Report

Date: March 8, 2022

The purpose of this benchmarking report is to provide insights that allow the reader to compare their production and quality performance to that of manufacturers in the plastics and rubber industries. A committee of industry leaders with decades of experience and a wealth of manufacturing knowledge oversaw the creation of this report.

This report consists primarily of members of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) and also includes insights from companies that represent the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM). The sample population of this report extends beyond MAPP and ARPM member companies to provide an accurate outlook on manufacturing production and quality performance in 2021. The performance metrics highlighted in this report can be applied to a wide range of manufacturing industries and help clarify performance standards for the reader.

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2022 State of the Plastics Industry Report

Date: February 9, 2022

The 2022 State of the Plastics Industry Report includes over 50 pages dedicated to analyzing performance indicators and forecasts. With input from over 195 plastics companies across the United States, this annual report, now in its 22nd year, analyzes historical performance and current trends to give plastics executives a better look at how the plastics industry will perform over the next 12 months. This report includes the following information:

  • 2021 Performance
    • Quoting Volume
    • Quotes Won in the Fourth Quarter
    • Sales Volume
    • Year-Over-Year (YOY) Sales Growth
    • Average Number of Customers
    • Production and Operation Metrics
    • Accounting and Finance Metrics
    • Challenges Interfering with Profit Margin Goals
    • International Business
    • Production Tooling
    • Purchasing and Inventory Trends
    • Resin Shortage and Lead Time
    • Resin Prices
    • Automotive and Industrial Market Segments Performance
    • Medical and Consumer Goods Market Segments Performance
  • 2022 Plastics Industry Forecasts
    • Most Optimistic Market Segments
    • Most Pessimistic Market Segments
    • Forecasted Revenue Changes
    • Forecasted Sales Performance
    • Forecasted Employment Trends
    • Forecasted Capital Expenditures
    • Competitive Strategies for 2022
    • Technology's Impact in 2022

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2021 MAPP Plastics Benchmarking Report Powered by Harbour Results, Inc.

Date: December 21, 2021

This report provides industry knowledge focused on a broad range of topics including financial, business performance, operations, safety, HR, sales and marketing, and forecasting. Harbour Results, Inc. regularly conducts market research within the manufacturing industry to examine key trends, benchmarks, and forecast indicators. More than 90 companies totaling 140 plastics processing facilities participated in this study from April to July 2021. The HRI team carefully analyzed the data from this study and reached out to companies when questions arose. In appreciation of your facility taking the time to be involved in this report, HRI is providing this output for personal use.

Member price: $499.99
Non-member price: $1,199.99

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2021 Machine Rate Report

Date: November 15, 2021

The report is only available to survey participants and MAPP members.

If you have questions about this report or about MAPP, please email info@mappinc.com.

The 2021 Machine Rate Report for injection molders includes inputs from 175 plastics industry executives in regard to their machine rates, markups, discounts, labor rates, tonnage capacities, machine types, machine age, cleanroom manufacturing, and other machine-related benchmarking metrics. 

The 2021 Machine Rate Report has been expanded to include the following information:
    • The use of the interquartile range (IQR) formula to remove outliers to strengthen statistical analysis
    • Deeper data analysis by industry, annual revenue, and business activity
    • Percent markup rates for SG&A, scrap rate, assembly, components, packaging, and automated cells
    • Discount or markup rates for high- and low- volume parts and overall complexity
    • Specific benchmarking for cleanroom manufacturing

Member price: $499.99

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MAPP Quarterly Pulse Report: October 2021

Date: November 1, 2021

The third Quarterly Pulse Report for 2021 is now available!

This report evaluates the past, current, and anticipated future performance of plastics companies across the United States. 

The data from this survey gives executives detailed insights into how the industry is performing, allowing them to benchmark their organizations against the rest of the plastics industry.

This report provides insight into:

  • The current state of the plastics processing industry
  • Accounting and financial metrics
  • Key performance indicators in production and operations
  • The current state of the resin market
  • Salary and staffing levels

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2021 Customer Relationship Management Systems Report

Date: June 10, 2021

MAPP is benchmarking the use of CRM systems across three manufacturing sectors - mold manufacturing, plastics processing, and rubber products manufacturing. The final report will provide executives and sales and marketing professionals with evaluations of CRM system features and overall use in these industries. CRM use will be evaluated on features offered in the following areas:

  • Prospecting and lead generation
  • Customer relationship management and database use
  • Analytics and automation
  • Investment and ease of implementation

Member price: $99.00
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2021 State of the Industry Report

Date: February 19, 2021

The 2021 State of the Plastics Industry Report includes nearly 60 pages dedicated to analyzing more than three dozen different economic indicators. With input from over 220 plastics companies across the country, this annual report, now in its 21st year, analyzes historic and current trends to give plastics executives a closer look at how the plastics industry will perform over the next 12 months. This report includes:

  • 2020 fourth quarter plastics industry performance metrics, such as:
    • quoting
    • backlog
    • shipments
    • resin pricing
    • sales
    • off-shoring
    • profits
  • 2021 industry composition and trends, such as:
    • customer diversity and demographics
    • executive challenges
    • technology advances
  • 2021 plastics industry forecasts, such as:
    • sales
    • profits
    • capital expenditures
    • breakdown of performance by industry segments

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2020 North American Plastics Industry Study

Date: October 26, 2020

2020 Benchmarking Survey conducted by Plante and Moran discusses the current trends and practices within the plastics industry. This report has been designed to include additional insights and perspectives that can help business leaders gain more value. Data from this study includes return on sales, return on assets, sales growth, on-time delivery performance, PPM, resin complexity levels, balance sheets, organizational deployment, cash flow, and more.

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Non-member price: $899.00

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2020 Company Corrective Action Plans Report

Date: September 14, 2020

Generated by MAPP members, this report seeks to understand processes and best practices as it relates to organizations' corrective action plans. From responsibility to financial and time investments, this report delves into the various aspects of developing and properly executing corrective action plans.

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MAPP Back-to-Work Checklist for Manufacturers

Date: May 22, 2020

MAPP has compiled best practices and procedures for plastics companies to consider as they begin to reopen their facilities. This 10-page document includes ideas for facility preparation, cleaning and disinfecting, employee safety, social distancing and communication.

Member price: Free
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Layoff, Furlough and Employee Recall Policies

Date: April 16, 2020

The 2020 COVID-19 Benchmarking: Layoff, Furlough and Employee Recall Policies, Procedures and Communications, includes 10 examples from member companies. These examples include resources, policies and communications in regard to workforce reduction during COVID-19.

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Essential Worker Employee Transit Letter Examples

Date: March 26, 2020

[March 26, 2020] MAPP’s leadership team worked to generate this compilation of letters employers can deliver to employees to prove to authorities that they are employed for an essential business and are therefore able to travel to and from work.All the documents included in this compilation have been submitted by a US-based plastics processor who is located in a state that is under a Stay-At-Home order. This is a working document and will be updated as more examples come in.

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2019 Information Systems Management Report

Date: January 13, 2020

MAPP's newest report, Information Systems Management, dives into trends, strategies and plans for IT in the plastics manufacturing industry. This report looks at IT strategy, investments, software, hardware, ERP systems, cloud usage, cybersecurity and future planning. 

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2019 Company Vacation Policies and Samples

Date: August 28, 2019

MAPP collected over 40 different sample vacation policies from plastics companies. This 138-page document includes data in regards to policies and procedures from plastics manufacturers, as well as all samples provided by companies. Companies looking to update or benchmark their company's vacation policy are able to review trends and common practices across the industry, as well as review actual policies from other organizations.

Member price: $25.00
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2019 Project Launch Process and Checklists

Date: August 28, 2019

The 93-page collection handbook contains 22 project launch checklists utilized by plastics processors across the United States. Additionally, data regarding software and tools used, team meetings, scheduling and best practices for project launch is included as an introduction to the checklists. 

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Non-member price: $125.00

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2019 MAPP KPI Boards

Date: April 19, 2019

This benchmarking document includes 18 sample KPI boards submitted by MAPP member organizations. In the spring of 2019, MAPP members submitted examples of various KPI (key performance indicator) boards displayed and
utilized by their organization. These KPI boards could be manually updated and displayed on paper in break rooms or digital, automatically generated displays placed around the plant, and anywhere in between. MAPP members shared visuals along with descriptions of the KPI boards their organizations use to share and disseminate important data and information to employees and management.

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2019 Performance Reviews and Appraisals Report

Date: February 16, 2019

The 2019 Performance Reviews and Appraisals Report is a 189-page document that includes an analysis of input from plastics manufacturers in regard to their organization's approach to employee performance reviews. The report includes 39 examples of performance appraisals submitted by plastics companies. Examples range from generic employee reviews to performance appraisals for specific job roles and employee self-assessments. 

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2018 Value Added Services Report

Date: December 17, 2018

The 2018 Value Added Services Report is focused on value added services plastics processors offer to OEMs and end-use customers. The report investigates what services are provided, if processors are charging for those services, and if there are correlations between company size and/or markets served and types of value added services offered. Categories of value added services analyzed in this report include engineering services, machining services, assembly services, decorating services, part-joining services and miscellaneous services.

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2018 Marketing for Manufacturers

Date: November 14, 2018

This 2018 report uses data from over 100 plastics companies to understand trends in marketing for plastics manufacturers. Inside this report, data is analyzed on topics such as marketing personnel and budget, social media, website maitnenance and utilization, company marketing strategies, messaging and branding, trade shows and internal marketing tactics. 

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2018 Mold and Machine Maintenance Report

Date: July 3, 2018

The 2018 Mold and Machine Maintenance Report includes 36 pages dedicated to benchmarking maintenance practices within plastics facilities. The report includes data and information on tracking mold maintenance activities, tool PM personnel, PM timing by tonnage, machine maintenance tracking, maintenance metrics, mold and machine maintenance training, and more. 

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2018 MAPP Drugs in the Workplace Report

Date: April 16, 2018

The 2018 Drugs in the Workplace Report is a 193-page document that includes analysis of inputs from over 110 US manufacturers in regard to their organization's drug policies. Topics highlighted include legality of marijuana, type of testing conducted, drugs screened during testing, accident documentation, company EAPs and adaptations due to the current opioid crisis. Along with an analysis of findings, the report includes 48 unique drug policies submitted by manufacturers. These policies have been scrubbed of company-identifying information and serve as a benchmark and inspiration for those organizations looking to update, improve or implement a drug policy in their establishment.

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Human Resources Benchmarking Bundle

Date: March 7, 2018

Receive all four of MAPP's 2017 Human Resources Benchmarking Reports at one discounted price! This bundle includes the 2017 Wage and Salary Report, 2017 Health and Benefits Report, 2017 Safety Checklists and 2017 Disaster Recovery Plans. 

Member price: $299.00
Non-member price: $699.00

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2017 Disaster Recovery Plans

Date: August 14, 2017

A compilation of Disaster Recovery Plans/Business Continuation Plans submitted by MAPP members, with a special foreword from Federated Insurance on building your own plan.

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2017 Sales Management Report

Date: June 19, 2017

The purpose of this report is to disseminate information regarding industry norms and benchmarks that are associated with how companies manage their sales and sales management process. 

The Sales Management Benchmarking Report provides executives with various data and information points on including but not limited to manning tables compared to company revenues, training, method of landing new sales, internal / external commission rate structures, utilization of sales representatives, and more.

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2017 MAPP Safety Checklists

Date: March 29, 2017

A compilation of safety checklists utilized in plastics processing facilities across the United States.

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HR Onboarding and Training Checklists

Date: November 17, 2016

28 training checklists from plastics processors - from on-boarding to job specific.

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Cell Phone Policies Benchmarking

Date: November 17, 2016

34 manufacturing companies have submitted their company's cell phone policies for others to review and benchmark.

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2016 Terms and Conditions Report

Date: July 6, 2016

This inaugural report consists of the aggregated data from plastics processors on topics regarding terms and conditions with their largest customer such as mandated price downs, freight terms, payment terms, penalties and other special terms and conditions of sale.

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2016 Company Attendance Policies

Date: March 20, 2016

A compilation of attendance policies from 35 plastics manufacturing companies. Attendance policies include company policies and procedures for employee attendance, such as point systems; rolling attendance; tardiness; notification of absence; no fault attendance policy; no-call/no-show; rewards systems; and introductory/probationary period attendance expectations.

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