The COVID-19 pandemic in the US is expected to have a mixed effect on commercial refrigeration equipment in 2020.

Demand for medical gloves worldwide is surging but production slowdowns and restrictions on trade are creating problems.

US sales of outdoor kitchen equipment are forecast to rise 6.3% per year to $780 million in 2024.

Plastic and glass pharmaceutical bottles demand is forecasted to expand 3.9% annually to $5.8 billion (30.3 billion units) in 2024.

The key trends driving molded pulp packaging sales are expected to support a quick return to strong growth as the effects of the virus subside.

Demand in the OEM motor vehicle market is expected to remain weak through 2020 and into 2021. Most manufacturers expect things to mostly return to normal well before the end of 2020, however, the negative demand shock caused by the crisis will likely linger.

The Freedonia Group expects the US market to return to pre-virus levels of growth by 2024.

The stretch and shrink film market, like the manufacturing sector overall, is seeing a major short-term impact from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both in sales and production.

Declines in economic activity will hurt sales of outdoor furniture and grills in the short term.

Uncertainties about the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic further complicates the outlook.