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Price Tracker provides subscribers with a three year price history for all materials for North America, Europe and Asia. We continue to add materials all the time. This data is provided in spreadsheet format so you can build charts and presentations.
November 2017 Packaging Raw Material Update
PE resins have begun to correct downward after the storm premium and autumn maintenance downtime are nearing an end. We expect $.06 to $.07 / lb. reductions in North America; .03 - .05 Euros / kg declines in Europe; and $.04 to $.06 / lb. decreases in Asia by year end. New ethylene and resin capacity will weigh on the North American market by Q1 2018.
Polypropylene film prices moved higher on resin costs over the past three months and we have not seen much relief from resin prices recently.
Aluminum foil prices have continued to move higher on stronger primary aluminum prices.
PET Film producers have announced an increase of $.10 / lb. recently. We expect $.05 / lb. to stick for most buyers.
2018 Packaging Material Cost Forecast June 2017
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