Recently, the Flexible Packaging Association issued its first quarter 2014 ‘Pulse of the Industry” Report which examines the relative performance for net sales, volume, profitability, inventory levels, capital spending and capacity utilization of flexible packaging converters. Additionally, the Report examines expectations for sales and volume performance in the second quarter 2014. The data and information appearing in the Report is gathered through the FPA First Quarter 2014 Pulse of the Industry Survey. 

According to the Report, 67 percent of the survey respondents reported higher first quarter sales in 2014 versus fourth quarter, 2013; 72 percent of survey participants reported higher first quarter profits over fourth quarter 2013; and expectations for sales in the second quarter 2014 are optimistic.

This quarterly Report is one of the reports that is provided to FPA members as a benefit of membership.  For more information about the First Quarter 2014 Pulse of the Industry Report, contact Bob Zaborowski, Director, Business & Economic Research, or 410.694.0800.