Demand for plastic products continues to grow year-over-year. In fact, the total worldwide production of plastics in 2021 amounted to some 391 million metric tons.
Here are five of the most common types of plastic products imported into the United States.
1. Computer Components
Plastic is a versatile and durable material used in various computer components, including cases, keyboards, and mice. Overseas plastic manufacturers manage a large percentage of the plastic from which computers are made. For instance, Lenovo, a multinational computer hardware manufacturing company, is based in China. Over 50% of plastic manufacturing is done in Asia, where well-developed manufacturing industries and large-scale plastic production facilities make for less expensive per-unit costs. These manufacturers often supply plastic components to computer companies in other parts of the world, including the United States and Europe. Outsourcing plastic manufacturing can help reduce costs and allow for more efficient production processes.
Learn more about how the experts at ITI can help you source and deliver contract-manufactured plastic products of all sizes, shapes, and materials.
2. Phone Parts
While the pandemic initially impacted this sector, causing a decline in sales and supply chain disruptions, the market has since bounced back as people rely on their phones more than ever for communication, entertainment, and remote work.
Despite the ongoing chip shortage affecting many industries, the mobile phone market is still experiencing growth and is predicted to continue growing in the future. Many major suppliers to the mobile phone industry have already diversified into new manufacturing locations in order to mitigate risk.
There’s a good reason Adidas, Nike, and some of the world’s other top footwear companies are doing most of their manufacturing overseas. Many of the most popular countries for footwear exports have established supply chains and infrastructure specifically for the footwear industry.
This makes it easier for companies to source materials and manufacture products efficiently. Plastic components for footwear remain one of the top products made overseas.
4. Man-Made Fiber Textiles
The textile industry involves the production of fabrics, clothing, and other textile products using natural and synthetic fibers, including materials made from plastics and other synthetics. The industry significantly contributes to the global economy, employing millions worldwide.
Most plastic toys made for children in the United States are manufactured overseas. The primary reason is that it is less expensive to produce toys in other countries, particularly in Asia, where labor costs are lower. Additionally, many companies find outsourcing production to overseas factories easier to streamline their processes.
Partner With ITI For Outsourced Plastics Manufacturing
Despite the slow increase in labor rates and the recent tariffs, outsourced plastics manufacturing remains a solid choice for American companies for three main reasons:
- Established supply chains, services, and infrastructure
- Efficient production capabilities
- Increased throughput without the capital investment
To manage a complex global supply chain, you can turn to trusted industry experts like ITI Manufacturing. Since the 1970s, we have helped US companies compete on a global stage when manufacturing plastic products. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our proven process.