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.

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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NEWS FLASH: – Polymer Film Price Increases

 

It will be no surprise to regular readers of these jottings that in the last 14 days we have had two multinational polymer suppliers declare ‘Force Majeure’ at two polymer manufacturing plants.

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Flexibles:- More M&A + Film Prices + Enigma

Flexibles M&A – ‘and another one bites the dust’ (apologies to Queen)

Transformation according to the Oxford English Dictionary is defined as ‘A dramatic change in form or character.’ Thus “Transformation” is an ideal description of what is currently happening in the UK flexibles industry.

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2017 Film Prices – Crystal Balls

Here at National Flexible the most common question we are asked by our customers is ‘What’s going to happen to packaging film prices in the coming year?’

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Common Themes For 2017: Film Prices, more M&A and Demon Plastic

Film Prices:  

All bets are off!  These were the closing words of our 2017 price forecast.   They referred the possibility of Russia and OPEC coming to some agreement on the allocation of oil production Worldwide and they did!  This decision moved the oil price 10% overnight, meaning that it doubled in 2016 from a low of $28 dollars $56 per barrel at the time of writing.

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2017 Film Prices – Crystal Balls!

For many of us now is the time of year for budgeting, an exercise which requires diligent managers to cast their minds into the future and forecast events, over many of which, they have no control!

Thus the most popular question we are asked every year from our customers is ‘What’s going to happen to film prices in the coming year?’ In effect they are asking us to consider the following variables.

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