Friday, September 27, 2013

Stretch Film Pricing.

from this months CDI report.  It appears resin pricing will remain stable / tight throughout 2013 and quite possible move higher in Q1 2014.  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: CDI showing incease going into effect!

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: CDI showing incease going into effect!: Yesterday CDI confirmed that the increase that becomes effective 9/30 will happen.  I have also attached several increase letters for your...

CDI showing incease going into effect!

Yesterday CDI confirmed that the increase that becomes effective 9/30 will happen.  I have also attached several increase letters for your review. Please keep in mind that all orders need to be in by 9/27 and ship by 10/18 to avoid the 7% increase.  Lead times will increased due to a large volume of orders.  Please get your orders in ASAP to beat the increase and longer lead times!  Please call me on any opportunities or concerns.

Monday, September 23, 2013

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

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Coreless Stretch Film: Why Coreless Stretch Film? Advantages of Coreless The main advantages of HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless Film innovation to the end user can be...

Coreless Stretch Film

Why Coreless Stretch Film?


Advantages of Coreless

The main advantages of HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless Film innovation to the end user can be summarized as:

• Reduced weight of the product when hand wrapping

• Reduced weight and volume of the product for shipping

• Reduced environmental costs due to removal of cores

• Reduced storage space due to smaller product and packaging

• No loss of performance

• Reduced storage costs, no need to store cores

• Reduce transport costs.

• Standard rolls can be used in many formats.

HYBRiD Plus Coreless rolls will replace the current consumable products already in the market place. This in itself should be a good thing as HYBRiD Plus Coreless has significant environmental advantages in not using cardboard or plastic cores and so removing the costs and environmental problems of waste disposal

The new HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless process – which cuts out the need for a cardboard core in the centre of every roll of film – will be a major success and will soon become commonplace.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Going Green with HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless Film

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Going Green with HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless Film: How can HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless Stretch Film from Quick Pak Inc help you accomplish your sustainability objectives? Even thoug...

Going Green with HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless Film

How can HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless Stretch Film from Quick Pak Inc help you accomplish your sustainability objectives?





Even though stretch film may not be a popular packaging material in some circles, as a lifelong packaging pro, I can confidently say that there are some things that HYBRiD Plus stretch wrap can do at a lower cost and with minimal carbon footprint, compared to other packaging options.

When evaluating and comparing different packaging products, we consider material cost, labor cost, waste produced by weight and volume. In most of those comparisons, HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless stretch film ends up being the best available packaging option when compared to adhesives, tapes, steel strapping or plastic banding options that can all create their own sourcing, application or disposal issues.

Making Stretch Film Use as “Green” as Possible?

Basically there are three things you can do to make your stretch film usage as environmentally friendly and as low cost as possible:

1. Minimize the amount of film being used

2. Make sure the film can be recycled after use

3. Removing excess packaging from the product being used (cores and boxes)

The next point is easiest to address, the new HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless film, for all of its high tech engineering and exceptional performance, is basically low density polyethylene film. Waste can be recycled just about anywhere you can recycle a common plastic bag. There are no unfriendly additives to pollute the waste stream so it can easily be accumulated, compressed and even baled for recycling ease. Most of this recycled waste ends up being used to make trash can liners, industrial plastic sheeting or other similar products.



The Key is Source Reduction



While the point above is fairly simple, it is made possible with our coreless technology that is anything but simple. Source reduction is essentially using less to do more and it is not unusual for HYBRiD Plus 3 stretch film customers to use 50% less film and packaging to accomplish the same task because of the converted film and coreless technology.

• Elongate further/better yield (minimizing material used and cost)

• Elongate easier (reducing effort, strain and labor)

• Are more resistant to tearing and breaking (saving time and film)

• Deliver greater retention force with no film relaxation (improved load and bundle integrity)

To add more strength and force…HYBRiD Plus 3 Coreless stretch films feature an exclusive “hemmed edge” on both sides of the film roll.



Friday, September 20, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Pre-stretched Hand Film

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Pre-stretched Hand Film: Latest news on U.S. prestretched film producers leadtime issues Compiled from trade sources A quick update on the status of our pre-st...

Pre-stretched Hand Film

Latest news on U.S. prestretched film producers leadtime issues


Compiled from trade sources

A quick update on the status of our pre-stretched products as we enter the fall season. Our busiest time of the year for this product category.



Important note regarding the upcoming price increase. Lead times on pre-stretch have moved out to 5 weeks for stock and 6 weeks for custom. Per our September 9th p...rice increase letter, ... all orders must call for immediate delivery and ship no later than October 31, 2013. As such, our order cut-off for pre-stretch will be end of business tomorrow, September 19th. Please plan accordingly and submit all orders for pre-stretch as soon as possible.
US Pre Stretched film producer September 2013

We are entering the busiest time of the year and we have seen an uptick in order rate which has caused lead times to push out by 1-2 weeks depending on the product type. I strongly suggest you review your inventory position and place orders (especially pre-stretched products) sooner rather than later. Expect film producers to implement order allocation on pre-stretched in the coming days / weeks end. Current lead time is 1 week for stock cast and blown film and 3 weeks for custom. Lead time for pre-stretched products is now 4 weeks for standards and 5 weeks for custom. The time is now to get your inventory levels built up and plan for higher pricing and an extra week or two on lead times.
U.S. Stretch film producer September 2013

We all know that 3rd & 4th quarters are extremely high demand months for this product. I would strongly recommend getting your customers to order this product ASAP because know one wants to deal with 8-10 week lead times, so why not take care of your customers early
U.S. STRETCH FILM PRODUCER AUGUST 2013

Pre-stretched products are in high demand in the fall and lead times will go out regardless of our new capacity. Combine this with a price increase and order rates go through the roof and lead times come under assault.
U.S. STRETCH FILM PRODUCER July 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Resin and Plastics Pricing info from quick pak inc...

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Resin and Plastics Pricing info from quick pak inc...: NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments. Follow @quickpakinc on Twitter Due to continued tightness in f...

Resin and Plastics Pricing info from quick pak inc

NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS


Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.

Follow @quickpakinc on Twitter

Due to continued tightness in feedstocks and improving global and domestic market demand, our resin suppliers have informed us of their intentions to implement a resin increase effective September 1st. In addition to this September increase, some suppliers have also announced another increase effective October 1st which we will monitor and address at a later date.

In response to the September 1st resin increase, all new orders received on or after September 30th will be priced at a 7% increase. Read Letter (Sigma) (Amtopp) (AEP) (Western Plastics) (Paragon) (IPG) (Berry)
U.S. Stretch Film Producers September 2013

"Polyethylene prices renewed their trek higher fueled by additional production issues."

"best chance to implement an increase in months. A nickel is nominated for each September and October."

"October Natural Gas futures climbed 4%"

"Logistical challenges have continued to keep Ethylene out of the downstream PE producer's hands."

"data suggests that August was one of the strongest months of the year in terms of sales as processors restock."

"Snug supply and solid demand increase the likelihood for some portion of the September increase to be implemented."

"resin markets picked up as we moved further into September."

"tightening supply prompted resin buyers to procure what they could at last month's pricing giving some validity to the September $.05/lb increase."
Packaging Sources September 2013



Sigma Stretch film price increase and lead times

SIGMA STRETCH FILM....Important note regarding the upcoming price increase.  Lead times on pre-stretch have moved out to 5 weeks for stock and 6 weeks for custom.  Per our September 9th price increase letter, ... all orders must call for immediate delivery and ship no later than October 31, 2013.  As such, our order cut-off for pre-stretch will be end of business tomorrow, September 19th.  Please plan accordingly and submit all orders for pre-stretch as soon as possible.  Thanks for your continued support and business.

Wide Web Stretch Film from quick pak inc

Wide Web Pallet Stretch Wrap


The term “wide web” refers to pallet stretch film larger than 20 inches wide. Many companies choose to use wide web stretch wrap for a variety of reasons. Some are wrapping large objects that require a tall pallet loads. The wide web stretch film enables users to wrap tall pallets with less revolutions and time. This helps to save on both energy costs and film costs.

Other users wrap average sized products and pallet loads with the wide stretch wrap rolls to save on film costs and energy costs. Even though the pallet loads are average sizes, the wide stretch wrap rolls enable the less revolutions and time. A 40 inch machine stretch roll requires half of the revolutions and time to wrap a pallet load compared to a 20″ stretch wrap roll.

All of our wide web stretch rolls are in stock and can ship same or next day. Ordering full skids of wide rolls are the best option to save on freight costs. One and two roll orders can be expensive because of freight costs. The rolls are extremely heavy and there is and additional shipping charge due to the size and shape of the roll.

All skid orders of wide stretch rolls are paid freight so the user gets a cheaper film cost as well as free freight. Below is a list of the different wide web stretch rolls we offer and how many rolls per skid.

Call 813 242 6995 For a Skid Price Quote

30″ Stretch Roll 20 Rls. Per Skid
40″ Stretch Roll 16 Rls. Per Skid
50″ Stretch Roll 16 Rls. Per Skid
60″ Stretch Roll 16 Rls. Per Skid
70″ Stretch Roll 16 Rls. Per Skid
80″ Stretch Roll 16 Rls. Per Skid

All listed widths are offered in 80 gauge widths. We also sell a less expensive HYBRiD80 gauge equivalent stretch wrap up to 70 inches wide. Those are all stocked items, we can also produce special orders. Call us today!

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Storopack Paperplus Price Increase.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Storopack Paperplus Price Increase.: September 15, 2013 STOROPACK INC To: Our Valued Customers Subject: Price Increase on PAPERplus® Products Throughout the past twel...

Storopack Paperplus Price Increase.

September 15, 2013



STOROPACK INC

To: Our Valued Customers

Subject: Price Increase on PAPERplus® Products

Throughout the past twelve months, we have experienced continual upward pressure on our overall production and raw material costs. We have been very aggressive in working with our suppliers to minimize these costs. Concurrently, we have worked diligently on operational efficiencies, continuous improvement programs and internal cost control initiatives. These activities have allowed us to deliver pricing stability to you over the past 18 months. At this time, the brisk and continuous escalation in raw material costs over the past several months has produced the need for us to raise prices on most of our products.

Effective with all shipments originating from our Medley and Tampa, FL. locations on November 1, 2013, the current pricing on all PAPERplus® items (See below) will increase by 6%.

• PAPERplus® GE

• PAPERplus® Classic

• PAPERPlus® Shooter

• PAPERplus® Chevron

Any order received prior to November 1, 2013 for immediate shipment will be honored at the current price.

We thank you for your continued support and business. Your Storopack sales professional is available to assist you in presenting value added product solutions as well as implementing this increase.

Respectfully,
Joseph M La Grasta
Vice President, East Coast Business Unit

Thursday, September 12, 2013

PAC SM65 Arch Strapping Machine serviced by quick pak inc

Another job done well and on time by our Equipment Service Department.  Quick Pak Tech working on getting the PAC SM 65 Automatic Strapping Machine back up and running.   

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: BestPack MSD 22-2 Case Sealer install by Quick Pak...

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: BestPack MSD 22-2 Case Sealer install by Quick Pak...: This customer just purchased their third Bestpack: MSD 22-2 Case Sealer from Quick Pak Inc.   Here is the latest addition on the line.   ...

BestPack MSD 22-2 Case Sealer install by Quick Pak Inc

This customer just purchased their third Bestpack: MSD 22-2 Case Sealer from Quick Pak Inc.  Here is the latest addition on the line. 

ID technology Print and Apply System

Latest Install by Quick Pak Inc = an ID Technology Model IDT 252 Base Unit Right Hand, Tamp Jet Printer Applicator with Datamax Print Engine. Used to print and apply a label to cases as they move past on a convoyer system.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

IPG Price Increase.

Dear Valued Stretch Film Customer,


We have received notification that our resin suppliers intend to implement their September 1, 2013 raw material increase. In addition, IPG ® is reviewing a second resin increase scheduled for

October 1, 2013 and will continue to communicate any further changes in a timely fashion.

The tightness in feedstock's coupled with imp...roved demand are the major drivers for this initial resin increase. At this point in time, IPG ® will announce a 7% increase for all SuperFlex ®

and StretchFlex ® products effective with orders placed on or after September 30, 2013.

All orders must specify immediate shipment, be limited to less than one month’s normal average film purchases and ship no later than October 18,2013.

IPG ® reserves the right to accept or reject orders based on resin availability.

Any order not shipped on or before October 18, 2013 will be subjected to the 7% stretch film price increase.

I have also attached additional increase letters from stretch film manufactures for your review. Please review your inventory and future customer needs as soon as possible. Manufacturing lead times

will increase shortly and we all need to be prepared. Copy of Letter IPG

Stretch Film and Shrink Film

 Stretch Film vs. Shrink Film, What’s the Difference?


It's a common misconception that people believe stretch film and shrink film are the same thing. It's true that both shrink and stretch films are designed to unitize products onto pallets and both are generally made from polyethylene resins. Shrink films are produced on blown film lines and stretch films can be produced on either blown or cast... film lines. Outside of those similarities, the two packaging systems don’t have a lot of other common characteristics.

Shrink films contain a high percentage of low density polyethylene (LDPE), which is the same type of resin used to make bread bags and newspaper overwrap sleeves. When fabricated under very specific parameters, LDPE gives shrink film its "shrink". The stress or tension required to make the film contract is frozen in during the fabrication process. To activate shrink film, a heat source is required such as a heat tunnel, heat gun, or torch. When sufficient heat is applied to the film, it approaches its melting point and the film begins to draw up or “shrink”. Because the film can only shrink so far, each product to be wrapped has to be matched with a specific size and configuration of film. As film resins go, LDPE does not have good puncture or tear resistance and has a relatively low load holding force. In order to provide sufficient load containment and protection for the load, these films are generally several times thicker than most stretch films.

In contrast, most stretch films contain high levels of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and, depending on the end-use application, can stretch from 25 to 300%. Stretch films are either designed to be applied by hand or by machine. Hand films usually have minimal stretch (25-100%) in order to aid the operator in applying the product and are in many ways similar to a large roll of very thin tape. Machine films on the other hand can have very high stretch levels (150 -300%) and, because they are applied by automated equipment, can be configured to exert very high levels of tension on a load if desired.

Shrink films are good for applications where the object to be protected requires five-sided protection (top and four sides) or is very large (boats and industrial equipment). For five-sided protection on finished products such as washer/dryers, refrigerators and other appliances, along with bagged resins and cement/concrete, stretch hooders have started replacing shrink films as the older shrink tunnels are decommissioned and new, more energy efficient equipment takes its place.

With regards to palletizing loads, stretch films are significantly more economical to use than shrink films due to the lower capital costs, the amount of energy required to apply the film, the ability to apply one product to different load configurations, the ease of adjusting the load holding force and the total weight of film consumed per load. All things considered, stretch film is not only the most economical, it is the most energy efficient, reduced source, and recyclable product in the unitizing industry.

Stretch Film Pricing

NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS


Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.

Follow @quickpakinc on Twitter

Due to continued tightness in feedstocks and improving global and domestic market demand, our resin suppliers have informed us of their intentions to implement a resin increase effective September 1st. In addition to this September increase, some suppliers have also announced another increase effective October 1st which we will monitor and address at a later date.

In response to the September 1st resin increase, all new orders received on or after September 30th will be priced at a 7% increase. Read Letter (Sigma) (Amtopp) (AEP) (Western Plastics) (Paragon) (IPG)
U.S. Strech Film Producer September 2013

Stretch Resin Rolls Flat "Polyethylene contracts were flat again in Aug; there are $.05/lb increases nominated for each September and October."

LLDPE Market Dynamics "October Natural Gas futures spent much of the week in higher territory and reached above $3.70/mmBtu."

LLDPE Market Dynamics "Ethylene trading was fairly brisk."

Resin Push "PE prices pushed an extra penny higher"

Factors Driving Resin Costs "PE prices were strong during August as several supply interruptions affected the market"

Tight PE Supply "Polyethylene buyers are not too keen to buy in to the current $.05/lb price increase and feel no threat by the extra nickel nominated for October; still spot PE supplies are fairly tight."
Packaging Sources September 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Sigma Price Increase Letter Sept 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Sigma Price Increase Letter Sept 2013: September 9, 2013 Dear Valued Customer, Due to continued tightness in feedstocks and improving global and domestic market demand, ou...

Sigma Price Increase Letter Sept 2013

September 9, 2013




Dear Valued Customer,

Due to continued tightness in feedstocks and improving global and domestic market demand, our resin suppliers have informed us of their intentions to implement a resin increase effective September 1st. In addition to this September increase, some suppliers have also announced another increase effective October 1st which we will monitor and address at a later date.

In response to the September 1st resin increase, all new orders received on or after September 30th will be priced at a 7% increase.

All orders must call for immediate delivery and ship no later than October 31, 2013. Based on current lead-times and shortness of resin supply, Sigma Stretch Film can only accept a limited number of new orders. Sigma Stretch Film reserves the right to accept or decline all orders for any reason. Please check with your local plant location.

Orders placed at current prices will be limited to less than one month of your normal purchase levels. Pricing for orders accepted is based upon local lead-times and available resin.

Sigma Stretch Film sincerely appreciates the trust you place in us to be your supplier and we value your business. While price increases are never easy, Sigma Stretch Film strives to communicate these increases with adequate lead time and only when they are likely to be implemented. Sigma Stretch Film will always be competitive and will adjust film pricing should this resin increase be modified or unsuccessful.

Your Sigma Stretch Film sales representative will be in contact with you to answer any of your questions and advise you of changing market conditions.

Sincerely,



Bill Lenchinsky

Vice President/Sales

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Amtopp Price Increase for Sept 2013

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Amtopp Price Increase for Sept 2013: Dear Amtopp Distributor Please see attached letter for announced price increase scheduled to take effect on September 30, 2013. It...

Amtopp Price Increase for Sept 2013

Dear Amtopp Distributor




Please see attached letter for announced price increase scheduled to take effect on September 30, 2013.



It is set for 7% and we must receive all orders on or before the announced date.



Please call one of us if you have any specific situations you’d like to discuss or questions regarding the increase.



Thanks and we will keep you posted with any developments regarding this increase.

Monday, September 9, 2013

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

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Sigma Stretch Film Increase Notice: Please see attached letter from Dow Chemical Company. This increase is in addition to the previously announced $.05 cpp scheduled for Septe...

Sigma Stretch Film Increase Notice

Please see attached letter from Dow Chemical Company. This increase is in addition to the previously announced $.05 cpp scheduled for September 1, 2013. It's important to note that this does NOT mean an increase has gone through yet, nor does it mean that either the September $.05 or October $.05 are guaranteed to be implemented. This is typical of the resin manufacturers today.




So what does this really mean? That's a very hard question to answer with any level of certainty, but here's my opinion. With respect to domestic (NA) PE pricing, the market has seen an increase the past couple weeks of between $.02 and $.03 cpp on the spot market. This tells us the 'non-contract' processors are paying more because of anticipated tightness in the weeks ahead. Obviously the situation in Syria and Egypt play a part in supply / demand issues on the global market and this will impact pricing domestically and a lot depends on what happens in the weeks ahead. Pricing in North American has been stable the past 5 to 6 months and an increase seems imminent in the near future. How much the resin manufacturers will actually get is a crap shoot and depends on a lot of unknown factors to be determined. It's a matter of WHEN the increase letters will come out.



We are entering the busiest time of the year and we have seen an uptick in order rate which has caused lead times to push our by 1-2 weeks depending on the product type. I strongly suggest you review your inventory position and place orders (especially pre-stretch products) sooner rather than later. I expect the Kentucky plant to implement order allocation on pre-stretch in the coming days / weeks end. We have already done so at our New Jersey plant. Current lead time is 1 week for stock cast and blown film and 3 weeks for custom. Lead time for pre-stretch products is now 4 weeks for standards and 5 weeks for custom. The time is now to get your inventory levels built up and plan for higher pricing and an extra week or two on lead times.



Thank you for your continued support and business. Please call me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DOW Resin Price increase for October 2013

Please note Dow’s price increase announcement effective 10-1-13. This is in addition to the announced 9-1-13 increase. The industry has not experienced the announced 9-1-13 increase at this point. Note this is NOT AEP’s price increase announcement but rather providing information as to what’s happening in the resin market. We will keep you posted on any developments.