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Metal Cans
November 2017 Raw Material Update 
Spot tinplate prices were flat in all regions as the year end period approaches.  Negotiations are underway for 2018 but we expect discussions to continue well into December.  Asian producers are proposing a sharp increase of more than 500 RMB / MT for exports.  There are profitability challenges for tinplate producers in all regions.  
Imported tinplate volume continues to grow in North America and Europe.  The pace of growth in North America has slowed to about 7% YTD in 2017 as prices have moved higher by more than 5%.  The stronger Euro has contributed to increased presence for Asian tinplate in Europe.

Aluminum can stock prices moved higher in all regions in November on stronger primary and scrap aluminum prices.  

2018 Packaging Material Cost Forecast Highlights for Aluminum Can Stock and Tinplate

Aluminum can stock is being buffeted by exchange rates and stronger metal demand for primary aluminum in automotive and aerospace. 

Tinplate prices in North America and Asia are increasingly being influenced by imports.  Our Forecast projects steel coil prices over the next 18 months as the primary driver of tinplate prices through 2018.
Here is a sampling of information that other sources don't provide
Actual prices for annual contracts and spot tinplate rather than indices
Projections for all major input costs updated quarterly
Extensive tracking of steel coil prices and accurate projections 12 months out
Import volumes by country
Import prices from each country
Example tinplate can cost breakdowns
Detailed cost improvement recommendations
Pricing for all geographies
Tinplate supply & demand
Metal can market data
Decorating costs

Here is a sampling of the content we provide
Metal can market data
Primary aluminum supply and demand history and projections
Accurate primary and scrap aluminum projections
Accurate Forecasts for can stock prices 
Decorating Costs
Metal Can Cost Models
Pack Trax metal can cost models are cost effective
software that is designed for packaging procurement
professionals.  The metal can software is simple to useand allows you to select a variety of can types for both tinplate and aluminum cans.  

Each cost driver can be optimized using recommendations from our extensive User Guide.

This places packaging procurement professionals in a position to lead supplier cost improvement with can suppliers.