Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stretch Film Pricing News

CDI - Resin Suppliers- LLDPE resin suppliers are holding firm that pricing is flat. They do not agree with CHEM DATA (CDI) and negotiations will be drawn out for at least another week.


U.S. Stretch Film Producers May 2013



CHEM DATA PROJECTS :

CDI RESIN REPORT MAY 2013

PVC down 2 cents per pound. PE down 2 cents per pound

Trade Reports May 2013



LLDPE: Markets were busy again and prices rose. Demand continued to improve. Polyethylene producers are trying to implement their $.04/lb increase that was rolled over in April; however, processors again think otherwise.

Trade Reports May 2013



LLDPE Resin: Producers are taking another shot at their $.04/lb increase that didn't take hold in April, while processors are instead looking for some relief from the $.09/lb hike endured in the 1st quarter.

Trade Reports May 2013

LLDPE Resin Pricing news

NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS


"Polyethylene prices were steady” "Natural Gas futures pricing has recovered"

"some crackers remain offline for either planned or unexpected maintenance"



"May contract negotiations have been tricky; although there was a $.04/lb

increase still on the table since April, the timing seemed right for some relief

from the $. 09/lb increases tacked on during Jan/Feb."



"Force Majeure situations ... firming the market"

"still not all LLDPE resin producers are on board with a decrease."

"May so far generally a busy month"

"LLDPE buyers might see $.02/lb relief from various producers which could become more widespread in June"

Packaging Sources May 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch film 101

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch film 101: Stretch Film 101 Stretch film often is confused with heat shrink wrap. Though often confused, there is a big difference between the two....

Stretch film 101

Stretch Film 101


Stretch film often is confused with heat shrink wrap. Though often confused, there is a big difference between the two. Below is a quick definition of stretch wrap.

Stretch Wrap- A highly stretchable plastic film commonly made from Linear low-density polyethylene that is wrapped around items. The elastic recovery keeps the items tightly bound.

Stretch film is commonly used to wrap products on pallets and secure them to each other and the pallet. This often helps to reduce products loss, discounrage load tampering, and reduce worker injury. There are a variety of widths, thicknesses, and types of stretch film. Below is a breakdown of the two most commonly used extrusion processes of stretch film.

Cast Stretch Wrap- Also called cast stretch wrap, is manufactured using a cast extrusion process. The Cast extrusion process is a continuous process by which a thermoplastic material is melted and extruded through a flat die onto a chill roll, where it is quenched and re-solidified. This process allows the Cast stretch film to have excellent clarity, require less force to stretch, increased tear resistance, unwind quietly from machines, and offer a superior cling. There are both machine grade and hand grade cast stretch film avilable.

Advantages of Cast Stretch Film- Generally less expensive than blown stretch film, due to reduced manufacturing costs. Increased clarity allows users to see wrapped products. Cast stretch wrap unwinds quietly compared to blown stretch wrap. Cast stretch film offers two sided cling that allows the wrap to stay securely wrapped.

Disadvantages of Cast Stretch Film- Does not offer the load/holding power blown stretch film offers. Cast stretch film has less memory and tear resistance than blown stretch film.

Blown Stretch Wrap- Also referred to as blown stretch wrap, is manufactured using the blown extrusion process. This Plastic melt is extruded through an annular slit die, usually vertically, to form a thin walled tube. Air is introduced via a hole in the center of the die to blow up the tube like a balloon. On top of the tube an air ring blows onto the film to cool it. This process allows blown film to be tougher and more resilient than cast film. The higher mechanical properties of blown film typically allow a greater load holding power.

Advantages of Blown Stretch Wrap- Offers higher load and stretch capacity. Blown stretch film is a higher quality of film. Blown stretch film has a higher degree of memory once stretched allowing loads to stay better secured. A higher tear resistance is an advantage when securing loads with sharp edges.

Disadvantages of Blown Stretch Wrap- Higher cost due to manufacturing process. Blown stretch wrap has poor clarity due to crystallization in the manufacturing process. Blown film is also noisy when unwound from rolls.

Frequently Ask Stretch Film Questions

When do I use Stretch Film?

Usually stretch film is used to hold boxes and products together on a pallet for transportation. It can also be used to hold other object together and protect objects during transportation and storage. Stretch film can come in a variety of specialty films. Some examples are: UV stretch film, vented pallet wrap, anti-static stretch film, colored stretch film, etc.

How do I know what size of film to use? Different sized thicknesses and widths of film are needed for different applications. Use the chart below to find which thickness and width would be ideal for your application.

What is equivalent stretch film?

Due to rising petroleum costs stretch film manufacturers have been persuaded to make stronger thinner stretch wrap. This thinner stretch film uses less petroleum resin during manufacturing, therefore costs less. The equivalent stretch film uses a multi-layered technology to increase the strength of the film. Different manufacturers have different names for their equivalent films. The two equivalent hand stretch films we offer are Hybrid stretch film and Micron stretch film. We also offer our Performance line of machine stretch film that is thinner stronger and offers users the ability to save on costs.

Hybrid stretch film is a thinner stretch film with a super strong resin formula. It is the thinnest strongest film we offer, but is not recommended for loads over 1800 lbs. Because the film is thin, it does not have the same amount of tear resistance as a thicker film.

Micron stretch film is a film in-between the "true gauged" stretch film and the Hybrid stretch film. It is a multi layered film that offers great cling, stretch, and tear resistance. It offers users the ability to reduce costs while staying confident about load security.

Performance machine stretch film is our answer to rising machine stretch film costs. The performance stretch film is a multi-layered machine stretch film that provides more stretch than traditional machine stretch film. It offers a high amount of cling and down sizing opportunity.

Are there any advantages to using opaque stretch film?

Opaque stretch film offers a variety of advantages over clear stretch film. A few advantages include:

1. Detours pilferage through valuable shipments by concealing products.

2. Helps to protect products from UV Rays.

3. Prevents damage caused by rain, dew, and dust.

4. Outlasts regular clear stretch film during extended outdoor storage.

5. Great for color coding products.



Do I need UV stretch Film?

UV protection can help extend the life of the stretch film when stored in the sun. The use of an opaque UV stretch wrap can increase the storage life of the film and the product when stored outside. Anyone should consider UV stretch for any shipments stored outside longer than 60 days.



Friday, May 10, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Polyethylene Resin Pricing...quickpakinc.com

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Polyethylene Resin Pricing...quickpakinc.com: Polyethylene trading was good, material availability and thus sales continued to improve. After successfully standing down the $.04/lb incr...

Polyethylene Resin Pricing...quickpakinc.com

Polyethylene trading was good, material availability and thus sales continued to improve. After successfully standing down the $.04/lb increase in April, film makers dismiss the likelihood of it taking hold in May. Resin buyers tend to feel that the market peak has passed and there is a chance that some of the $.09/lb implemented in the first quarter will be rescinded. We wait and see. Watch this space.


Trade Sources May 2013



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: GORDON PAPER PRICE INCREASE.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: GORDON PAPER PRICE INCREASE.: GORDON PAPERS May 1, 2013 To all our valued customers, We are announcing an increase in cost for our waterproof papers. Our supplier...

GORDON PAPER PRICE INCREASE.

GORDON PAPERS


May 1, 2013

To all our valued customers,

We are announcing an increase in cost for our waterproof papers. Our supplier has informed us that increased cost for the oil based components including resins and asphalt are driving this escalation. The increase is approximately six (6) percent.

Your Gordon Paper sales representative will contact you with your new price lists. These in...creases are effective with all order placed after the close of business on Friday May 30th, 2013. Until this date, Gordon Paper Company will accept orders for usual and customary quantities for immediate shipment. Delayed shipment dates cannot be honored at existing prices.

On behalf of everyone at Gordon Paper, I would like to thank you in advance for your continued support. Your sales representative will update you on the specific prices for the items you order.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

Steven J. Gordon
Gordon Paper Company
Post Office Box 1806 / Norfolk, VA 23501
Phone (800) 457-7366 / (757) 464-3581
FAX (757) 363-9355

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE Resing Pricing

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE Resing Pricing: Polyethylene trading was good, material availability and thus continued to improve. After successfully standing down the $.04/lb increas...

LLDPE Resing Pricing

Polyethylene trading was good, material availability and thus continued to improve.


After successfully standing down the $.04/lb increase in April, film makers dismiss the likelihood of it taking hold in May.

Resin buyers tend to feel that the market peak has passed and there is a chance

that some of the $.09/lb implemented in the first quarter will be rescinded. We wait and see. Watch this space.

TRADE SOURCES MAY 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Corrugated Box Increase June 1st 2013.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Corrugated Box Increase June 1st 2013.: APRIL 29, 2013 Victory Packaging - Box Increase. On Friday, April 19, Pulp and Paper published a $50 per ton increase in the price of ...

Corrugated Box Increase June 1st 2013.

APRIL 29, 2013


Victory Packaging - Box Increase.

On Friday, April 19, Pulp and Paper published a $50 per ton increase in the price of linerboard and medium, the major raw material for boxes. This increase was announced at the beginning of March and pushed through relatively quickly.

As a result of the increase in published prices, Victory will be raising prices by 9% on June 1st.

We hate increasing prices to our customers. Our job and commitment to you is to reduce your total cost of packaging. That job is much harder when consecutive increases are hitting the market. The timing of this price increase is frustrating as it is on the heels of an increase last fall. Industry consolidation has given significant pricing leverage to the manufacturers of paper.

In addition, inventory levels are at historic lows and operating rates remain high. Thus, while demand is only up slightly, supply limitations are driving this increase.

Your salesperson will be in touch with you very soon to discuss your specific account, market dynamics, and provide you with an updated price list.

As always, thank you for your business.

Robert Egan

Victory Packaging

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Unisource / Xpedex

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Unisource / Xpedex: April 22, 2013 To Our Valued Suppliers: We would like to advise you personally that Unisource is in talks with International Paper r...

Unisource / Xpedex

April 22, 2013


To Our Valued Suppliers:

We would like to advise you personally that Unisource is in talks with International Paper

regarding a possible business combination of Unisource with International Paper’s xpedx

distribution business. Unisource initiated the dialogue, and the parties subsequently signed a

non-binding letter of intent with respect to a potential transaction.

Both Unisource and xpedx are recognized industry leaders that share the goal of serving

customers by delivering the quality products and solutions they need, when and where they

need them. Combining our companies would allow us to expand our geographic reach to

important regions of the world, while improving our supply chain and creating a more capable

and efficient channel to market for our suppliers.

Unisource will continue doing business as usual until the proposed transaction is closed, so

please continue to work with your current contact and do business with us as you have been.

The current talks could result in an agreement to combine the two companies, but if no

agreement on the transaction can be reached, Unisource will remain a private company.

Please understand that since no agreement has been reached, we are not in a position to

discuss any specifics of a possible business combination. Rest assured we will keep you and

your company abreast of plans going forward as new information becomes available and as we

are in a position to discuss them.

Thank you as always for your services and the support you provide us in meeting the needs of

our customers. We look forward to continuing our partnership. If you have comments or

concerns you’d like to share, you can reach me via email at

Allan.Dragone@unisourceworldwide.com.

Sincerely,

Allan Dragone

CEO Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: PSM 1412-IC3A Strapping Machine - $888/EA

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: PSM 1412-IC3A Strapping Machine - $888/EA: A low cost solution to your strapping needs....$888/EA The PSM1412-IC3A designed for general purpose semi automatic strapping. Although...

PSM 1412-IC3A Strapping Machine - $888/EA

A low cost solution to your strapping needs....$888/EA



The PSM1412-IC3A designed for general purpose semi automatic strapping. Although it is our lowest priced strapping machine, the low cost does not come at the expense of quality. Consistency or reliability. Each PSM1412-IC3A comes with the exclusive PAC machine warranty, including online support for the life of the machine. We carry an extensive parts inventory and maintain over 99% parts availability within 24 hours.  

The PSM1412-IC3A has a convenient operators panel and externally controlled tension. In addition, all electronics are controlled with an integrated circuit control board to minimize down time and maintenance. Pricing on this unit is designed to expand the market to even the occasional user.   Quick Pak Inc.

We are a full line distributor of industrial packaging equipment and supplies. We have been providing total packaging solutions for companies like yours since December 1999. We work with our customers to identify their packaging needs, find the most cost-effective equipment and packaging materials to meet those needs, and then provide the technical support to keep your packaging operation running smoothly.

More info on this is available from:

Mike Cunningham

Quick Pak Inc

4007 North 56th Street Tampa, FL 33610

Tel: 813 242 6995

FAX: 813 242 6985

www.quickpakinc.com

mike.cunningham@quickpakinc.com

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Custom printed Stretch Film by Quick Pak Inc

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Custom printed Stretch Film by Quick Pak Inc: HYBRiD80 Plus stretch film out the door and it's wrapped in custom printed stretch film by Quick Pak Inc.

Custom printed Stretch Film by Quick Pak Inc

HYBRiD80 Plus stretch film out the door and it's wrapped in custom printed stretch film by Quick Pak Inc.

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

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Resin Pricing News: The spot resin market was a bit slower than anticipated given it was the last full week of the month. Both Polyethylene and Polypropylene p...

Resin Pricing News

The spot resin market was a bit slower than anticipated given it was the last full week of the month. Both Polyethylene and Polypropylene prices averaged a penny lower as offers accumulated. Buyers typically maintain a bearish outlook on commodity resin prices through at least the 2nd quarter and often limit their purchases to an as needed basis. We are seeing single railcar customers just pick away at truckloads every week and larger processors procuring fewer railcars as they continue to scale down their resin inventories. Several Polyethylene producers have now pushed off their $.04/lb increase effort until May; Polypropylene contracts settled down a dime earlier in the month.




Once again the key US energy markets moved in opposite directions, but this week they reversed course. June Crude Oil Futures jumped $4.73/bbl to end the week at a clean $93/bbl. The market has now recovered more than 50% of the losses resulting from a $12/bbl slump during the first half of April to a spike low of $86/bbl. June rolled to the front month Natural Gas contract and finally broke its streak of 9 straight weekly gains during which prices soared more than $1/mmBtu. The market gave back $.214/mmBtu this week to $4.223/mmBtu, this after recovering from Friday’s low of $4.09/mmBtu. This week’s action pushed the Crude Oil: Natural gas ratio out 10% to 22:1.