Friday, April 26, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Sigma stretch film lead times.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Sigma stretch film lead times.: SIGMA STRETCH FILM...We have updated our lead times out of the Kentucky facility and we have seen significant improvement in all areas. Wit...

Sigma stretch film lead times.

SIGMA STRETCH FILM...We have updated our lead times out of the Kentucky facility and we have seen significant improvement in all areas. With respect to the pre-stretch program, much of this is due to the managed program we implemented back in January.




Blown 1 week standard. 2 weeks custom

Cast 2 weeks standard. 3 weeks custom

Pre-stretch 7 weeks standard. 8 weeks custom



Pricing is flat this month with talk of lower pricing coming later this spring. Although, there is never any guarantees of what direction pricing will take short term, the fact the resin manufacturers were not able to push through their previously announced increase, is a good sign. We do not expect prices to drop quickly, rather move lower slowly over the next few months, which is good news for all stocking distributors. In the meantime, if you have any specific product ordering needs, please don't hesitate to call me to discuss.



Thanks for your continued business and support. Remember, if you need additional pre-stretch products (above and beyond your monthly allocation), please contact Gayla before the end of the month to secure any non-committed pounds from this months allocation. Last nights report shows a little over 50 pallets are still available. First come, first served.

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JIM KUELBS

SIGMA STRETCH FILM

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: CDI out today is flat LLDPE and PVC in April

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: CDI out today is flat LLDPE and PVC in April: Subject: CDI out today is flat LLDPE and PVC in April Resin appears to be softening but CDI FLAT LLDPE and PVC in April Will drop in MAY...

CDI out today is flat LLDPE and PVC in April

Subject: CDI out today is flat LLDPE and PVC in April

Resin appears to be softening but CDI FLAT LLDPE and PVC in April
Will drop in MAY

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: The Polyethylene market edged $.005/lb higher.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: The Polyethylene market edged $.005/lb higher.: The Polyethylene market edged $.005/lb higher. Producers in March rounded out their $.04/lb price increase which began to take hold. A tota...

The Polyethylene market edged $.005/lb higher.

The Polyethylene market edged $.005/lb higher. Producers in March rounded out their $.04/lb price increase which began to take hold. A total of $.09/lb has now been implemented in 2013. There is another $.04/lb on the table for April, but few market participants see much validity at this point. North American Polyethylene producers continue to enjoy a long term feedstock cost advantage and can export profitably at will. Natural gas ratio expanded slightly to 24:1, about 4X the 6:1 ratio considered parity.


Trade Sources April 2013



Friday, April 19, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Another Revolution Stretch Wrapper out the door an...

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Another Revolution Stretch Wrapper out the door an...: Another Revolution Stretch Wrapper out the door and heading to the West Coast. Wrapped in our custom printed stretch film.

Another Revolution Stretch Wrapper out the door and heading to the West Coast.

Another Revolution Stretch Wrapper out the door and heading to the West Coast. Wrapped in our custom printed stretch film.


Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Sigma Stretch Film

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Sigma Stretch Film: IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ. We are a couple months into our order management program with pre-stretch and have made significant progress i...

Sigma Stretch Film

IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ.




We are a couple months into our order management program with pre-stretch and have made significant progress in improving service levels with our highly popular pre-stretch product line. Lead times at our Kentucky facility have improved from 10 to 12 weeks for standard products to 8 weeks as of mid March. Corporately, we will continue to increase our capacity throughout 2013 and just finished adding capacity at a number of Sigma plants during Q1 2013. We have more capacity coming on line the balance of the year, to include added capacity in our Shelbyville, KY plant later this summer / early fall. Although this added capacity will help reduce lead times, the continued demand for this product remains and we need to stay flexible and improve the overall program based on customer needs.



To recap, each of you have a monthly HPE / HPS allotment based on your average pounds purchased per month during calendar year 2012. You can order up to that amount each month. All allotted pounds not ordered are given back and applied to reduce our back-log. You start over with your allotment each month ... a 'use it or lose it' program. In that respect, effective immediately I will implement the following program:



- All orders for HPE / HPS must be ordered by the 25th of each month.

- All HPE / HPS pounds not ordered by that date will be available to other customers who could use additional product that month.

- Customers who desire additional product will be able to do so on or around the 27th of each month. This will give us time to enter all orders and run a current order status report.



Please contact your customer care representative for your current order status allotment for April, if desired. Many of you already order your monthly allocation the first part of the month which continues to be a good idea. For those of you ordering weekly or bi-weekly, please be aware of the new cut-off date and where you stand against your monthly allotment so there are no surprises. I am confident this new program will allow us to be more flexible in supporting your business and new opportunities as we move forward. Customer Care and myself will have an updated report around the 27th of each month if you are interested in purchasing any uncommitted HPE / HPS pounds in the pool. This is a first come, first served program. Orders can be placed beginning on the 27th of month based on availability. Please contact myself or your customer care representative to verify availability before placing an order. If the 27th falls on a weekend (as it does in April), the following Monday will be the first day you can order product. We will monitor the effectiveness of this program and make changes or adjustments as needed. Thank you for your continued support and business. Please email or call me with any questions.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Custom Printed Stretch Film from Quick Pak Inc

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Custom Printed Stretch Film from Quick Pak Inc: Now this is a good looking print job. Good way to get your name out there.

Custom Printed Stretch Film from Quick Pak Inc

Now this is a good looking print job. Good way to get your name out there.




Stretch Film Pricing by Quick Pak Inc

Polyethylene prices began the week by shedding a penny and seemed poised to continue lower but held steady amid rebounding monomer prices and renewed talk of the April $.04/lb price increase (it hasn’t gone away you know). However, material availability remains ample

Friday, April 12, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Revolution Stretch Wrapper ROCKS!!!

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Revolution Stretch Wrapper ROCKS!!!: The Revolution machine did arrive and it is amazing. In the short time we have had it in the last couple of days our productivity has incre...

Revolution Stretch Wrapper ROCKS!!!

The Revolution machine did arrive and it is amazing. In the short time we have had it in the last couple of days our productivity has increased immensely. Thank you!



Josh Farley
American Power
Shipping & Shop Manager

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Resin pricing in April 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Resin pricing in April 2013: Spot resin trading was fairly active the first week of April. Fresh railcar offers were slow to flow but the pace picked up as the week wor...

Resin pricing in April 2013

Spot resin trading was fairly active the first week of April. Fresh railcar offers were slow to flow but the pace picked up as the week wore on. National resellers and Houston traders, sensing lower prices ahead, provided good market liquidity from their warehoused stocks. Despite another $.04/lb price increase on the tables for April contracts, the spot PE market began the month by shaving a half-cent from March month-end levels. Spot Generic Prime PP prices held steady this past week, although offgrade remained pressured. The Polypropylene market awaits settlement on the decrease for April contracts, which are currently nominated down $.07/lb.




Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch Film Resin Pricing News

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch Film Resin Pricing News: Polyethylene gave back the half-cent it had garnered the previous week - we could be seeing the highest PE prices for this market cycle. ...

Stretch Film Resin Pricing News

Polyethylene gave back the half-cent it had garnered the previous week - we could be seeing the highest PE prices for this market cycle.


Resellers and exporters were aggressive sellers, influenced more by falling Ethylene prices than the $.04/lb price increase nominated for April.

Polyethylene contracts already rose $.09/lb during the first quarter and based on the current condition of the spot Ethylene market, this added increase seems unlikely.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Custom Printed Stretch Film

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Custom Printed Stretch Film:  Now this is a good looking print job!!!  What a way for your company to make a statment.

Custom Printed Stretch Film

 Now this is a good looking print job!!!  What a way for your company to make a statment. 

Stretch Film Pricing for April 2013!!!

The Polyethylene market edged $.005/lb higher. Producers in March rounded out their $.04/lb price increase which began to take hold. A total of $.09/lb has now been implemented in 2013. There is another $.04/lb on the table for April, but few market participants see much validity at this point. North American Polyethylene producers continue to enjoy a long term feedstock cost advantage and can export profitably at will. Natural gas ratio expanded slightly to 24:1, about 4X the 6:1 ratio considered parity.


Trade Sources April 2013



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Polyethylene market edges higher...stretch film go...

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Polyethylene market edges higher...stretch film go...: Polyethylene market edges higher Polyethylene market edges higher . Material was available, but in limited quantities. Demand remains un...

Polyethylene market edges higher...stretch film goes up!!!

Polyethylene market edges higher


Polyethylene market edges higher . Material was available, but in limited quantities. Demand remains unenthusiastic, and even well-priced resin was hard to movelast month.

Producers in March rounded out their $.04/lb price increase; a total of $.09/lb has now been implemented already in 2013.

There is another $.04/lb on the table for April. Take note when quoting blanket commitments.