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.

£150 Million Film Price Increase – From Sterling Slump, Lidl & More Self-Assessment

The UK imports by far the bulk of the raw material for converting packaging film.  The value of these bulk imports was estimated in 2015 to be circa £1 Billion.  In addition there are calculated to be some £400 Million of finished flexible packaging imported, chiefly by large packaging film, convertors such as Amcor the remainder is by the major brand owners who import large volumes of printed film from around the world, primarily to obtain lower prices.

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Plastic Packaging Paranoia and Price Update

Plastic Packaging Paranoia:- Ignore It At Your Own Risk

The Anti Plastics lobby becomes more and more vociferous week by week.  Anyone who feels this is an exaggeration should consider the following adverse press given to plastics in the last few weeks;-

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Film Prices:-  The Next Move Plus Plastic is Perfect!

As the holiday season draws to a close, many packaging buyers returning to their desks will be surprised to see that film prices continue their inertia.  The surprise comes from the fact that the fall in sterling against both the Euro and the Dollar has not yet stimulated a rise in polymer or film prices.  Granted, oil prices have fallen some 15% from their June high of around $50 but Sterling has fallen a similar amount since Brexit, suggesting that currently polymer supplier margins remain static.

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Brexit, Film Prices and Self Audits

I think Brexit came as a surprise to most of us and it is for that reason few companies made preparations for the fallout from such a momentous decision.

Having admitted last month to being totally unprepared for the short term consequences to prices of film supplies, as time passes we are now able to take a more balanced view of the price trends which are developing.

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NewsFlash – Film Prices & Brexit: How wrong can one person be?

It was only last week that I suggested that polymer and film availability across Europe, Turkey and the Middle East were at their most stable for some years.  There were few signs of polymer plant “Outages” and as a consequence film manufacturers had no worries about polymer supplies and no pressure on prices.

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RE: Brexit – An Open Letter


We have had a few enquiries regarding the possible effects of Brexit on National Flexible. Whilst this situation could present various problems to many commercial enterprises, there are only two areas where we feel a vote for Brexit could impact on National Flexible.

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Film Prices – Drupa + More Plastic Demons


Are we at last beginning to see market forces assert themselves in the film supply chain?

Last week the headline price of a barrel of Brent Crude reached $52.15 P.B. meaning a doubling in price since January.  Over recent years such a price move has been a signal for the major film polymer suppliers to increase their prices

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Polymer Prices – plus ‘Polluter Pays’ plastic packaging


Why are pressure groups and ‘Personalities’ so much better at determining what the public thinks and influencing Government policy?

I am away on an extended break at the moment which gives me extra thinking time.  For the last year or so I have noted the creeping disease of ‘demonising plastic’, particularly plastic packaging, and I make no apologies for re-visiting this subject, as eventually, unless we halt the trend toward constant criticism of plastic packaging, I believe the industry will suffer greatly.

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Lyondell Basell have announced “Force Majeur” for supplies of Polypropylene polymer from their Italian plant at Ferrara.

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Film prices are on the move again and Plastic Packaging is demonised again!

Film Price:- We suggested in January that film prices are likely to increase in the first ¼ of 2016 and unfortunately this forecast has been proved correct. Whilst the increases in Polypropylene prices have been relatively modest with just £50 per tonne in February and £75 per tonne in March. Increases in Polyethylene prices have been higher.

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