Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Airflow - the film that flows!!!










Air-Flow® is the perfect solution for wrapping pallets with products that have to breathe - vegetables, fruits, hot products , frozen food any many more.

Air-Flow® will work on our patented LiteWrapper® hand dispenser and on your pallet stretch machine, even if this is equipped with a power stretch system.

Available in standard hand rolls and premium machine rolls.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Static Dissipative Stretch Wrap

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Static Dissipative Stretch Wrap: Static Dissipative Stretch Wrap Packaging Innovation Quick Pak Inc has introduced dissipative pallet wrap. Di...

Static Dissipative Stretch Wrap

Static Dissipative Stretch Wrap
























Packaging Innovation

Quick Pak Inc has introduced dissipative pallet wrap.

Dissipative Films
Used to pallet wrap products sensitive to static electricity Including electronic equipment, flammable products, chemicals and paints.

Clings to itself without tapes or strap with superior puncture resistance.

All of the performance properties of high end stretch film - without the static.

Also used to wrap shipments destined for grain facilities and munitions plants.

Available in hand rolls and machine grade films.

Dissipative Stretch Wrap for use in applications sensitive to static electricity.

Static dissipative stretch wrapped pallets are tight, secure and static free in one extra strong unitized load.

No static, no spark, no bang!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE Resin Today: Rise Resumes

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE Resin Today: Rise Resumes: LLDPE Resin Today: Rise Resumes Packaging News   RAPID RESIN RUN "resin trading continued to run a...

LLDPE Resin Today: Rise Resumes

LLDPE Resin Today: Rise Resumes

















Packaging News 
RAPID RESIN RUN "resin trading continued to run at a very rapid rate and completed
transaction volumes were high,"

LLDPE ADVANCES "Polyethylene and Polypropylene prices advanced further; most grades
have recorded gains in each of the past 5 weeks."

SEPTEMBER INVREASE ON CARDS "PE contracts will be flat in August as producers
en masse have only recently issued fresh (mostly) $.03/lb increase nominations, but not until September."

PE RALLY "Polyethylene trading was strong and prices rose further; most commodity grades
have now rallied $.06/lb during the past 5-6 weeks."

PE INCREASE SEEKERS "All Polyethylene producers have now issued price increases
for September, mostly seeking $.03/lb, some a penny more"

RESIN TRADE BANGS "resin trading has not let up, August began with a bang and prices continued higher, unabated."

PE QUICK RISE "Polyethylene has quickly soared $.06/lb, but there is only a $.03/lb increase slated for September,"
Packaging Sources August 2014

LLDPE Resin makers announce increase (Dow) (Westlake) (ExxonMobil)



Polyethylene Price Increase - September
LLDPE - Several, but not all, resin producers have nominated a fresh $.03/lb price increase on Polyethylene slated for September implementation.
TRADE REPORTS August 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

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

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch Film and Resin Pricing.: Is the polyethylene dragon rising from its slumber? After months of inactivity, North American PE makers have announced attempts to ra...

Stretch Film and Resin Pricing.


Is the polyethylene dragon rising from its slumber? After months of inactivity, North American PE makers have announced attempts to raise prices by 3 cents per pound effective Sept. 1. Their actions are being spurred by tightness in supplies of ethylene feedstock caused by unplanned outages at several plants, including those operated by Dow Chemical Co., LyondellBasell Industries and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.

North American prices for PE - the world's largest commodity resin - hadn't changed since a 4 cent hike took hold in February. The market has been in a historic period of low volatility, with only five price movements - all increases - taking hold since January 2013. By comparison, the North American PE market averaged seven price changes per year in the decade from 2003-2012, according to the Plastics News resin pricing chart.

Midland, Mich.-based Dow had announced a 4-cent hike for Sept. 1, but all other producers announced 3-cent moves, leading market watchers to believe the 3-cent number would be the one attempted.

Chevron Phillips and LyondellBasell's Equistar business each declared force majeure supply limits on PE after incidents at their plants in Texas. Chevron Phillips - based in The Woodlands, Texas - experienced a fire July 7 that injured two workers at its ethylene/propylene unit in Port Arthur. That plant has almost 1.8 billion pounds of annual ethylene capacity.

Houston-based LyondellBasell already had declared force majeure on ethylene made in La Porte when it announced on July 9 that it had experienced "significant feedstock supply disruptions" at its PE plants in Matagorda and Victoria. Those plants have combined annual capacities of about 5.4 billion pounds of PE.

This already tightening situation was worsened on July 22 when Dow had an unplanned outage at its plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The firm could lose more than 200 million pounds of annual ethylene production as a result. Officials on Aug. 4 said that the impacted ethylene unit was back on line, but at low operating rates. Dow's annual PE capacity there is estimated at about 1.9 billion pounds.

In an email, market analyst Phil Karig said that after a remarkably steady PE market for most of 2014, PE prices in the fall "will turn in large part on the state of ethylene outages and when affected plants start to come back on-line."

Karig - managing director of the Mathelin Bay Associates LLC consulting firm in St. Louis - added that the approaching Atlantic hurricane season also could affect PE market pricing.

A PE buyer in the Southeastern U.S. was not happy about the September increase attempt.

"There's some stress from both the [PE] suppliers and customers over this increase, because it's not demand-driven, but driven by production issues, which will correct over the next couple of months," he said.

Profit margins for integrated PE makers also are at record levels, the buyer added. The increase also will put Asian PE prices below those of North America, even though North American production costs are much lower because of low-priced natural gas feedstock. That price gap "doesn't sit well with [processors] in North America that compete with Asia on finished goods like tape, fabric and film," the buyer said.

Market analyst Mike Burns of the Resin Technology Inc. consulting firm in Fort Worth, Texas, said that although the September PE increase attempt "isn't justified," there's a strong possibility that it will go through because of supply issues. Processors' PE inventories might already be tight, Burns added, since many of them chose not to buy PE in June because they were expecting a price decrease in July - but that decrease never came.

Film makers see some increases

The September increase attempt also might get a mixed reaction from North American PE film extruders, since earlier this summer they tried to raise prices for their own products by an average of 4 percent, even though resin prices remained flat. Many of the region's film extruders have contracts with their customers that tie their film prices into resin prices. This was not an issue when PE prices bounced up and down as they did in most years before 2013, but recent price stagnation had left them unable to raise prices to handle higher costs for freight, shipping, health care and other expenses.

Market watchers said the non-resin film price increases met with only limited success, with some shrink film makers able to raise prices around 2 percent. In an Aug. 1 conference call with stock analysts, Berry Plastics CEO and Chairman Jon Rich said that his Evansville, Ind.-based firm - which ranks as one of North America's largest film extruders - was still working to implement the film increase, and expected to see more results from the increase in the third quarter of the year.

Sigma Plastics Group - another leading North American film extruder, based in Lyndhurst, N.J. - "is still pursuing" the non-resin increase and has seen it go through at some accounts, President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Teo said. Teo added that lack of widespread support from mid-sized and small film extruders has made it difficult for the increase attempt to take hold, but that the industry still needed the price hike in order to recover lost margins.

U.S./Canadian PE demand has been less than stellar in the first half of 2014. Regional sales of linear low density PE increased almost 2 percent in the first half to more than 6.8 billion pounds, according to the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C. But six-month sales of high density PE in the region tumbled more than 2 percent to just over 8.7 billion pounds, and LDPE sales slipped almost 1 percent to just over 3.4 billion pounds.

Domestic LLDPE sales growth of more than 4 percent was tempered by a reduction of almost 8 percent in export sales, according to ACC. In HDPE, a slight gain in domestic sales was negated by a 15 percent drop of sales into the export market. For LDPE, a slight domestic sales drop was magnified by a decline of almost 2 percent in export sales.

First-half LLDPE sales growth was led by packaging film, where sales shot up 6.5 percent, according to ACC. HDPE and LDPE also had growth areas in spite of overall declines. Sales of HDPE into blow molded industrial drums and large containers surged almost 7 percent. In LDPE, sales into extrusion coating grew 5 percent.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Revolution TT Strapping Machine Under the Hood

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Revolution TT Strapping Machine Under the Hood

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.: NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments. LLDPE Resin maker announces increase (Read letter) ...

LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.

NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS














Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.

LLDPE Resin maker announces increase (Read letter)

FOIL - Increase announcements (HFA) (Pactiv) (Western Plastics) (D&W) (Reynolds)

PE GAINS Spot resin trading remained robust, capping off a very busy July.

Prices for both Polyethylene and Polypropylene continued to march higher, building on an already strong month of gains.

TRADING IS ACTIVE Ethylene trading resumed its active pace.

PE BANGS The Polyethylene market ended the month with a bang; transacted volumes were again above average

LLDPE RESIN UP All commodity grade PE prices were up $.04/lb during July and August began on Friday by rising another penny.

PE SEEMS FROTHY Polyethylene prices are starting to seem a bit frothy up here, especially since producers did not issue supporting price increases for August.

Some nominations for September started to filter through this week, averaging around $.03/lb, but not all producers have issued letters.

This spot market rally still has legs, but the upside from these levels could become limited.

PE TREK Polyethylene continued their upward trek.

RESIN JUMPS PE prices have jumped a nickel in the past 5 weeks and PP sprinted $.06/lb higher in July alone.

MARKET TO SUPPORT RESIN INCREASE There is no real effort to increase Polyethylene contracts in August, although the spot market would currently support one.

Some nominations have been seen for September, but that is still a long way off.
Packaging Sources August 2014