Second Round of Increases slated for October 2017

Packaging News

Stretch film increase #2 announced (Sigma) (Amtopp) (Berry)
September 6 2017

LLDPE stretch resin increase #2 announced (Exxon Mobil) (Dow)
September 6 2017

Stretch film makers announce September price increase.Read letters (Sigma) (Paragon) (Berry) (Western Plastics)

PVC Food Films Price Increase
To: All Food Film Customers

We have announced a 7% price increase effective with orders placed on or after Monday, October 2, 2017. Please make sure that you place your new orders with customer service before the effective date. (Berry) (Western Plastics)
U.S. PVC Food Film Producer September 2017

THIS JUST IN:LLDPE stretch resin today – up 3c/lb (reflects August mid month adjustment)
Second increase pending (stay tuned)
PVC pricing in August (foodfilm) - No change
Trade Analyst September 2017

Materials plants brace for Hurricane Harvey
UPDATED — Plastics and petrochemicals units along the Texas coast were shutting down in advance of Hurricane Harvey, which was expected to h…

Have a Unique Brand? Be Unique with Shrink Sleeve Graphics!

With so many options and increased competition for store’s shelf space, companies are looking for ways to differentiate their product from the competition.  Some ways to stand out on store shelves is to highlight your product with bright graphics or to have a one-of-a-kind container. But is it possible to have both? Well, yes! For many years marketers have had limited access to create a full 360° graphical view for their products. One way to have a full 360° shelf presence is with shrink sleeve labels. Shrink sleeve labels are a relatively new type of label that has been building momentum in the label industry for several years now. 
Shrink sleeves have special qualities that include:
•             Full 360° container design allows for expanded creativity with robust visuals, colors, and gloss/matte finish that make a superior shelf impact.
•             The sleeves are durable, scratch resistant and waterproof insuring your product always looks and feels the way it should.
•        …

Stretch Pallet Wrapping Overview

Many consumers don’t realize that stretch film plays an important role in delivering and transporting many of the products they use. Stretch Film is the highly elastic plastic material used to wrap products and secure them onto pallets. It is most commonly used to unitize products for efficient storage, but also serves as protection for transportation.

Stretch film is made from LLDPE (Linear-Low-Density Polyethylene). LLDPE is the ideal material for wrapping and securing loads because of its flexibility. The film’s ability to stretch around corners of products, boxes, and pallets offers increased puncture and tear resistance as well as greater efficiency when applied appropriately. High puncture and tear resistance guarantees that the load will remain stable and secure during transportation. Increased puncture resistance as well as a reduction of cost can be detected when the film reaches its maximum stretch potential.
At Quick Pak Inc, we use state of the art testing technology to e…

Quick Pak Inc in Florida

Back to warm and sunny in Tampa, Florida on Monday 18th Sept.  Quick Pak Inc only lost power for one day and back open and shipping orders all last week.  The Florida Oaks were trimmed a few days prior to Hurricane Irma and no damage was done to them, the building or the offices.

The hurricane made land fall about an hour and a half South of us and it sucked all the water out of the bay.  This was a very rare site to see.  We were expecting a storm serge when the water came back in, but that never happened.

Resin Pricing and Hurricane Harvey in Houston

The spot resin markets were generally slow this past week, then the market began to pick up as Hurricane Harvey began to form and threaten the heart of the Houston area Petrochemical industry. A small flurry of activity ensued as buyers, fearing disruptions, sought to secure additional material as an inventory buffer. All commodity grades of Polyethylene and Polypropylene rose $.005/lb, and as the week drew to a close, resin suppliers were pulling offers off the table pending the storm situation.

Ahead of Harvey’s landfall, Petrochemical complexes began to take precautionary matters by shutting down numerous facilities including crackers, refineries, resin reactors, as well as logistics related shipping channels, ports, warehouses, railways and roads, which together, will absolutely impact resin supply - the full magnitude of which cannot be determined as the storm system remains active.
Harvey hit the Houston area Friday night as a huge Category 4 Hurricane, dumping rain that is est…

Understanding Stretch Pallet Wrap

With so many manufacturers misusing stretch wrap vocabulary, it can often be difficult to understand the true meaning of these terms. To help consumers understand the real meaning, we listed a few of the most commonly misused terms in the packaging industry.  In doing so, we hope to educate consumers so as to not be fooled by deceptive terminology when evaluating stretch wrap options.

Pre-stretch is the process of elongated film to a percentage of its original length. The advantage of operating with pre-stretch is that it provides great load stability and allows you consume less film per pallet. Below are two different methods to obtain pre-stretch.
Pre-stretched stretch film is film that is stretched during the manufacturing process prior to being wound up in rolls for stretch film application. The majority of pre-stretched stretch film is applied using hand wrap dispensers.
Another means of obtaining pre-stretch film is by elongated it using the motorized pre-stretch capabilities o…

About PE Shrink Bundling Film

Our 3-layer Polyethylene (PE) Shrink Bundling Film provide excellent tensile strength and puncture resistance for packaging along with superior shrink consistency of 60-80% (MD) and 0-20% (TD) performance. This film is ideal for bundling and automated packaging with bullesyes heat tunnels closure. 
Width ranges from 10 inches to 68 inches with 1.5 Mil to 3.0 Mil thickness. With a wide range of bundling and unitizing applications—everything from bottled water to oversized stacks of ceiling tiles.

Companies looking to achieve a more sustainable, economical packaging solution often use shrink bundling films as a substitute for boxes, cartons or trays. These sturdy, conformable films are commonly used to package bottles, cans or similar multi-count products. The use of shrink bundling film as outer packaging not only eliminates excess packaging, it also speeds up and streamlines the entire packaging and product handling process.
Products are protected while also remaining visible—making …