Benchmarking Hub

Plastics Industry Information Hub

Research, Data & Tools for Plastics Industry Leaders


MAPP is the information and benchmarking hub for plastics processors. Each year, MAPP releases 10-12 benchmarking reports and best practice handbooks to its membership. The data from these initiatives provide details to plastics industry leaders on dozens of topics that impact operations.

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Benchmarking Participation Benefits

  • MAPP members who complete the surveys receive the results earlier and at no cost
  • Non-MAPP members who complete the surveys receive the results at a discounted rate
  • Some reports offer the opportunity for individual participation comparisons, so leaders can compare their business to the rest of the industry
  • All final survey results are published and available for purchase

Current and Upcoming Benchmarking Studies


MAPP Industry Pulse Survey

MAPP is conducting our State of the Industry Pulse survey quarterly through 2021. The results of the first survey will be shared on May 5th. Participants will receive the results in their inbox when they are published, and members will be able to access the results here on the Benchmarking Hub. Please take 3-5 minutes to complete this brief survey to help gauge the overall state of the Plastics Industry.

This study is open April 19, 2021 through April 28, 2021.

Customer Relationship Management Systems Survey

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

This study closed April 19, 2021.

2021 Health and Benefits Report

MAPP has launched its NEW 2021 Health and Benefits Survey, which will gather data related to health and benefits packages offered to employees by manufacturers across the U.S. Collected data will include:

  • company cost and employee participation
  • strategies to control cost
  • current plans offered to employees
  • additional benefits and retirement programs offered

This study closed March 12, 2021.

Recently Published Reports

The following reports and surveys have been completed and published in the last twelve months. These reports are available for purchase here.

Annual & Biennial Reports

MAPP publishes unique, timely and relevant content, which often varies from year to year. However, some data and business information is critical and requires annual or bi-annual reporting. Below are the surveys that MAPP conducts on a regular basis to provide members with the more up-to-date data available:

The State of the Plastics Industry Study examines critical trends inside plastics organizations across the United States. Data collected within this study relates to high-level company strategies, such as sales, profits, off-shoring, resin pricing, backlog, lead times, market outlook, technology, customer demographics and industry challenges.
The Wage and Salary Report includes comprehensive wage and salary data from over 200 plastics processors across the United States. Data includes compensation information on nearly 60 job titles common in the plastics industry, with breakdowns based on annual sales revenue and geographic locations, as well as operational trends, such as PTO and benefits.
This report includes input from plastics and rubber processing companies across the United States, and covers trends in health insurance; vision, dental and life insurance; as well as retirement and other benefits currently being offered by manufacturers.

The report is available to survey participants and MAPP members only. The Machine Rate Report for injection molders includes inputs from hundreds of plastics industry executives in regard to their machine rates. This year's report includes updated and new data, including: 

  • Breakdowns by region, industry and business activity
  • New, narrower machine tonnage ranges
  • Percent markups for SGA, 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
The North American Plastics Industry 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 include return on sales, return on assets, sales growth, on-time delivery performance, PPM, resin complexity levels, balance sheets, organizational deployment, cash flow, and more.