October 2019 Update
PE film prices are generally flat in all regions. Prices had been softening in all regions until September when a portion of the announced $.03 / lb. increase was implemented in North America.
Ethylene prices and PE resin prices have recently reached multi-year lows in Europe and Asia but have stabilized.
Pack Trax has introduced the first Ink Input Cost Reference Index. This tracks overall ink inputs in reference index form. After moving higher strongly in 2018, the Ink Input Reference Index has moved lower thus far in 2019 on lower pigment and solvent costs.
We have also introduced another new feature, Price Tracker. This feature provides subscribers with a three year price history for resins and films for all regions.
Pack Trax is one of the few publications which tracks pricing for PE films.
Pack Trax Flexible Packaging Reporting
We report flexible packaging films more thoroughly than any other source. PE films for all types of over wraps and sealant films are reported each month for captive and market film purchases by packaging converters.
Examples of data unique to Pack Trax
Extensive resin price tracking using actual prices paid rather than inflated indices or reference prices
Vertically integrated and market film price reports
Cost improvement recommendations
Specification management advice
Flexible Packaging Cost & Optimization Models
Pac Pro cost and optimization models are a highly effective
procurement tool. Models are simple to use and drop down
menus allow the user to simply select a variety of structures from
simple to complex with a click. Virtually all types of substrates
and adhesives can be selected from drop down menus.
Units of measurement are easily selected which allows you to
build models for units, M units, MSI, MLF etc. European structures can also be selected. Pouches can also be modeled.
The optimization module and our extensive User's Manual helps you to breakdown your packages down by individual cost driver and optimize each driver to place you in a position to lead supplier performance management.