So then, 2015. What did you make of it?
On balance the UK plastics industry has had a pretty good year, albeit that companies have been treading carefully through the past 12 months.
As our review of the year in the last issue of PRW outlined, a number of issues occupied the industry's collective mind in 2015.
The sinking price of oil, the damaging effects of a spate of force majeure declarations, shifting recycling targets, corporate casualties in the recycling sector, the booming automotive market, the plastic bag tax in England, rising demand for machinery and cautious optimism about the future…these all played their part.
There was a general election, the result of which confounded many, with David Cameron leading the Conservatives back into power with a majority administration for the first time since the UK went to the polls in 1997.
And there were deals, although like London buses you had to wait a while for one, and then three – the DuPont/Dow merger; RPC's proposed acquisition of GCS and the Newell Rubbermaid/Jarden get-together – come along all at once.
We bade farewell to the Packaging and Films Association after 25 years of sterling service, and the industry believed it was making headway with some of those who stalk the corridors of power at Westminister.
So what does 2016 hold in store?
We're all aware that the UK economy appears to be back on track, but it's not out of the woods yet.
Interest rates remain at historic lows and there is no sign they will increase any time soon, but when they do – particularly given consumer spending's role in GDP growth – things might get tougher for many.
Vocal support for manufacturing from government ministers – soundbite, anybody? – needs to be translated into effective policies that create the environment in which businesses can thrive. Companies want to get on with doing what they do, but they can only do that if the conditions are right; that is where effective industrial policy comes into play.
Much has been made of the need to bolster exports, and while work is being done close to home to address this – the CBI's recent calls for revised export finance products is a case in point – it must also be hoped that those important international markets that have stuttered in the past 12 to 18 months, such as China, find their feet again. And soon.
Political events across the English Channel may also have an impact. Next year might see the much-anticipated referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union (EU), following David Cameron's UK EU membership roadshow.
Once we know what the Prime Minister has successfully negotiated for the country we'll be in a better position to judge whether remaining or exiting is the best option.
Business hates uncertainty, and the sooner this – perhaps the most important political and constitutional decision for generations – is resolved the better.
Anyhoo, when all's said and done 2015 was a fascinating year. We on PRW hope you have a great Christmas and that 2016 proves to be a successful time for you all.