Merger-and-acquisition activity in the plastics industry dipped in the first half of this year, according to P&M Corporate Finance. M&A experts, however, see 2013 as the start of recovery for the industry's cyclical sectors such as construction and automotive. "We look at the plastics market as industrial plastics vs. packaging. Industrial plastics is where we've been spending a vast majority of our time. All machinery businesses are showing good activity at this point," said Andrew Petryk, principal and managing director at Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.