Profitability for flexible packaging companies rose when comparing 3Q 2015 to 3Q 2014, according to FPA’s quarterly Pulse of the Industry Report. Some 64% of respondents to say profits were up in that one-year period. Over that same period, 54% of respondents said their volume was up.

FPA compiles the data quarterly, and the Pulse report gives a year-to-year analysis on several benchmarks such as volume, net sales and profitability. The chart above shows aggregate data for net sales; it shows the percentage of participants reporting “higher,” “lower,” and “same” sales versus the same quarter a year earlier.

The Pulse report also has current-to-prior quarter comparisons for more timely analysis. The complete report also shows volume and profitability data and other benchmarks including inventory and capacity utilization.


For More Info

The Pulse of the Industry report is available only to member companies. Go to, sign in and go to FPA Publications. Click on ‘Pulse of the Industry” under the Business & Economic Research banner.