National Flexible - Twigg´s Times

With a wealth of experience in the packaging industry at the most senior levels, Barry Twigg - National Flexible´s major shareholder and CEO – shares his thoughts and ideas about the latest trends.

Polymer Prices and Pulse and Plastic Free Aisles

Polymer Prices and Pulse and Plastic Free Aisles

The Autumn equinox has (as usual) triggered further price increases from the European polymer suppliers.  A further 50 Euro cents per tonne for October deliveries has been added to the September price increases previously noted.  Whilst the relatively low level of sterling throughout the early weeks of September is one of the reasons being given for this increase, the closure of plants in the Southern States of the US for safety reasons during the hurricane season, is claimed to have added to the problem due to US polymer imports.

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News Flash; Pulse Packaging Problem Hits the Market

News Flash; Pulse Packaging Problem Hits the Market

Pulse Flexibles had sales of some £65 million equating to probably 10% or so of the UK food market for specialist film printing in flexo and gravure. The forecast we made in May & again in June was that the loss of the Pulse Flexibles print capacity would have serious adverse effects on the supply of printed film in the food sector in the UK. This is now

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Brexit and Climate Change: – Counting The Costs!

Brexit and Climate Change: – Counting The Costs!

It is interesting that the two most talked about events in recent years, Brexit and Climate Change, should come together to have a major impact on the Food Industry and the supply of Flexible Packaging.  This juxtaposition is even more bizarre when you consider

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Friend required for plastic packaging… & film prices availability

Friend required for plastic packaging… & film prices availability

Plastic packaging needs a friend! Not just any friend, but one in whom the public has some trust and who they respect as ethical in their approach to doing business. Marks and Spencer would be excellent and Waitrose would be superb. Even a combination of Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s might be enough. But sooner or later someone among the major supermarkets has to stand up and spell out the facts of food retailing life.

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The Pulse Legacy and Film Prices

The Pulse Legacy and Film Prices

The Pulse Legacy

It was sad to return from my Spring break to hear that KPMG had finally given up the ghost and closed the Pulse Business.  This was once a great company and a UK Packaging convertor market leader.  Now both factories are closed and some 350 people have lost their jobs, very sad.

What went wrong?  As always in these circumstances an accumulation of things.  But it seemed obvious that when the previous American owners, Printpack, sold the business to the Management Team and The Pension Fund for £1, that the company had its problems.  We believe these included a pension deficit rumoured at £131 Million

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NEWS FLASH

NEWS FLASH!

Pulse Administration; the shock waves continue

If we had a Richter scale for seismic shocks for the UK print converter industry, the Pulse administration would be up there at around 8 as the full impact of the disaster are only just being felt.

The administrators (KPMG) in their inimitable fashion started

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Market Gossip From Interpack – Pulse, Amcor, BPI & More

Market Gossip From Interpack – Pulse, Amcor, BPI & More

Interpack Dusseldorf

One of the largest packaging shows on Earth.  18 halls, hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors.  As ever we sent our people along to check out “What’s New”. This time it was George Slack, our Managing Director & Dave Daniels our Technical Director who spent 2 whole days looking at the developments in print & film technology.  They returned exhausted but with lots of

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Is it a waste of time?

Film Supply- BRC Accreditation, is it a waste of time?

 

Film supply

Crisis what crisis?; Just 4 weeks ago we were notified by 2 major film manufacturers one from Turkey & the other from the Middle East that availability of all polymers, but particularly PE polymers, was

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A BAD SITUATION JUST GOT WORSE

Film Shortages – Market Update

A BAD SITUATION JUST GOT WORSE

“Panic Buying” by Major Film Convertors was said just two weeks ago, to be the reason why delivery dates for film orders were being extended, in some cases Bulk orders for film were being reduced by up to 80%.

At the end of last week, we were informed by two of our suppliers, that not only was there are a shortage of polymer but

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Film Prices:- Panic Buying Exacerbates Film Shortages! And “Enigma”

“It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again” (Vince Lombardi)

The present supply situation for most polymer based films looks very much like a re-run of the 2015 situation.  Now, as then, polymer supply became “tight” in the first six months of the year due to polymer plant “outages”, both planned and “Force Majeure”.

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