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 Plastics Industry Pulse Survey

To better understand the overall impact and future state of the plastics industry, MAPP is conducting a weekly Plastics Industry Pulse Survey. This 8-question survey takes less than one minute for leaders to complete, but gives insights into how the plastics industry is faring so far - and what executives are anticipating for the future. Participate each Monday morning through your personalized e-mail link to get the results sent to you every Wednesday. 

This study closed June 29, 2020.

2020 North American Plastics Industry Study

Plante Moran & MAPP are conducting the North American Plastics Industry Study (NAPIS) the industry’s most comprehensive benchmarking study. This industry-leading study allows us to provide plastics processors with a data-based understanding of where you stand — and where you need to go to maintain a competitive advantage in the industry. Data points and analysis span key business functions, including strategy, operations, and finance. The metrics help highlight the health of your facility, with comparative data from more than 200 competing facilities.

This study is open June 22, 2020 through July 31, 2020.

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Best Practices in Employee Engagement

According to Gallop, “Engaged employees are those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace.” Keeping your employees motivated, focused, and willing contributors at all levels of an organization is vital to competing. Organizations that have successfully connected to their employees can demonstrate higher productivity, better product quality, higher levels of customer satisfaction, and safer workplaces.  

To celebrate our members and share employee engagement best practices, MAPP is collecting stories and strategies that exemplify employee engagement and retention. Share with us one or two unique ways you are keeping your team engaged in this changing environment, along with any photos or videos. 

This study closed June 29, 2020.

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.