Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
A recovery in the automotive and construction industries will give rubber product manufacturers a boost. As both of these sectors increase their production, they will require more of this industry's products. However, lower-cost imports and substitutes will remain major threats to the industry. To maintain their competitiveness, industry operators must focus on product innovation... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Business locations for the industry are concentrated close to downstream customers. The largest of these downstream markets include the auto manufacturing and building construction industries. As such, many businesses are located near the Great Lakes and the Southeast regions of the United States, where major auto manufacturers are located. When combined, these regions account for an estimated 51.2% of establishments.
The Great Lakes region accounts for 31.0% of establishments, which is not surprising, given the large presence of automakers and other industrial manufacturers in states like Ohio and Illinois. In fact, Ohio alone is expected to account for 14.0% of establishments in 2012... purchase to read more