Sun Chemical to Increase Prices of Flexible Packaging Products
PARSIPPANY, N.J., USA– November 30, 2017 – Sun Chemical will increase prices on liquid inks and coatings for flexible packaging for its customers across all regions, effective January 1, 2018.
The percentage increase will be in the high single digits and will vary dependent on the product composition and product line. Sun Chemical will communicate specific increases directly with customers.
Since the end of 2016, costs have risen on an annual basis and further increases are expected for 2018. These are mainly due to production and environmental restrictions on key materials, especially in China where there has been an unprecedented number of force majeure incidents and escalations in the prices of oil, solvents and key monomers for polyurethane (PU) resins. Additionally, the supply situation of titanium dioxide (TiO2) white pigment remains tight, driving continued cost increases.
“The high levels of raw material costs are unprecedented and as a result make it necessary for us to keep our ink prices under review,” said Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Chemical. “We work proactively with our supply chain partners to manage and minimize costs, but due to the economic reality, cost pressures have been constant and significant price increases are being passed on to the inks industry. To ensure we maintain high levels of product quality and service, it has become necessary to increase customer prices.”
About Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.
Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.sunchemical.com.