March 2018 Raw Material Update
PVC resins have been strong in all regions thus far in 2018 and this has moved blister film prices higher in North America. There is upward pricing pressure on PVC films in Europe and Asia as well.
Pack Trax has introduced a new feature, The Ink Cost Reference Index tracks ink input costs such as pigments, solvents, intermediates and resins. The Index moved higher by more than 20% over the past year and this has resulted in price increases for most grades of inks for 2018. Asia is the key producing region for ink pigments and new environmental regulations have pressured supply and pricing for key inputs.