An Improving Economy?
There can be no doubt that we have lived through an extraordinary period of economic instability over the last twelve or so months. Tube Council members, like almost everybody else, have seen the business impacts. This has not been an enjoyable experience. Volumes have been down, profitability has suffered, capacity has been shelved, and people have been put out of work.
During this period, the industry has done more than complain. In fact, the industry has not complained much at all. What has manifested has been an ongoing commitment to innovation and cost control, both to assist our customers through their own difficulties and to prepare for better times ahead.
I suggest to all readers that you review this addition of Tube News closely. Reflect upon the numerous examples of the efforts your tube suppliers make to present you with every improving opportunity to package and display your products. If you don’t see what you need contained within, please contact your favorite Tube Council member (or members) and discuss your requirements. You will be pleased you did.
There are growing signs that improved circumstances might not be all that far away. The economic signs are there for all to see, and the end of the recession has been declared. We in The Tube Council can confirm that the positive impacts are starting to flow through to many of our customers. There is clearly still a long way to go before we can say the economy is booming but improving—I for one believe so.
The North American Tube industry is looking to the future with optimism and excitement. We look forward to better times ahead for all involved in this stimulating and challenging industry.
The Tube Council