Mergers and acquisitions increased in the plastics-materials sector in 2012, including PPG Industries and Georgia Gulf's formation of Axiall and Chemtura's divestment of two plastic-additive units. Market conditions allowed plastics M&A to be "decent in 2012 after a couple of tough years. And we expect 2013 to be a solid, strong year, but without radical growth," said Will Frame, managing director at Deloitte Corporate Finance.

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