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Crude oil prices — used as a global PE price-setter. At the Resin Technology Inc. consulting firm in Fort Worth, Texas, PE analyst Mike Burns said that regional PE prices now are expected to remain flat until oil prices approach $60 per barrel. Beyond that point, he added, regional PE maker may try to raise prices in the first part of 2016.
Trade Reports October 2015


October Polyethylene Price Increase Adjustments
Several North American resin producers have already announced adjustments to their price increases previously nominated for October Polyethylene. Dow Chemical has issued a 2-cent TVA - Temporary Voluntary Allowance - effectively reducing their $.07/lb price increase to just $.05/lb, matching the magnitude of other company's increases. However, ExxonMobil and Formosa Plastics subsequently each pushed back the implementation of their $.05/lb price increase from October to November, offering to roll contracts flat from September. Other producers will likely follow. It is still just the beginning of the month, and film producers/processors are clamoring for another decrease, so October contract negotiations are far from over...
Trade analyst October 2015


Resin makers announce price increase. Read the letters - (Exxon Mobil) (Dow) (Westlake) (LyondellBasell)


"resin markets continued to transact at an elevated pace; the second half of September more than made up for a slow start to the month."

"Polyethylene, supplies are plentiful and prices under pressure."

"Natural Gas was a big loser, slicing off $.18/mmBtu, nearly 7%, to end the week at $2.451/mmBtu, a level not seen since June 2012."

"Polyethylene resin changed hands at a fairly rapid clip as the month drew to a close. Material for all major commodity grades was readily available for immediate shipment and prices eased a penny across the board. Although producers had widely nominated a price increase averaging $.05/lb for October, it seems highly unlikely that it would become implemented."

"It is still early in the month, so it is possible that the market could erode further, contracts already declined a total of $.09/lb between Aug/Sep."

Trade Reports October 2015


China output deepens aluminum gloom
Sinking aluminum prices and a ballooning surplus of the metal have deepened the industry’s worst crisis in years, intensifying pressure on high-cost smelters to embark on another round of production cuts to revive prices from their malaise.
Trade Reports September 2015


How to play a softening stretch film market
Message to your distributors
Buy only as needed
Buy for orders in hand
Think dropships with WP

ASK A LOADED QUESTION "So what is the current price for stretch? That is always a loaded question, bring a firm purchase order and we will talk."


Good news for US Packaging More...
Stretch: A Good
Business to be in
US demand for stretch and shrink film will increase by 3.4 percent annually to $3.1 billion in 2019

The storage and distribution market for stretch and shrink film will post above average increases through 2019 and account for more than half of total demand

LLDPE is leading stretch

Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is the dominant resin due to its competitive cost and durability in a multitude of conditions as well as its down gauging capabilities.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will see the slowest growth of any major resin through 2019

Stretch film will increase by 3.4 percent annually to $2.1 billion dollars in 2019, benefiting from advantages in labor and energy savings.

Pallet wrap, due to its superior unitizing qualities and specialized mechanized application processes for mass packing, will comprise the majority of demand. Product packaging demand gains will be spurred by greater prevalence of opportunities in bulk packaging and stretch and shrink label applications, particularly within dairy and beverage markets.

Stretch and shrink film advantages include cost effectiveness and source reduction capabilities compared to corrugated boxes and other packaging.
Trade Report

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Printed Pallet Wrap Sends A Message
Tamper Evident Palletwrap
Custom printing of pallet stretch wrap with low minimums, prepaid delivery nationwide. Printing capacity increased. Western Plastics now offers lower minimums and faster lead times on all printed stretch films. (More...)
Litewrapper and logoBelow is the feedback I received from the inbound team.

1. The tool was really easy to use.
2. The stretch wrap held better than the current shrink wrap we are using
3. The associates like the fact that they could walk forward instead of walking backwards which is a great safety feature.
4. The pallets were wrapped quicker due to the shrink wrap being pre-stretched so they don't lose the width of wrap
5. The associates were able to wrap taller pallets because of the tool
6. Associates did not have to bend over as much
7. Some associates were using too much wrap because they were used to using the current wrap.

Overall they like the new wrap as long as the tools are available. We had some associates that ended up using the wrap without the tool because we ran low on wrap for awhile. They said they did not like it because it would rip easier and couldn't wrap as tight. I then explained why those issues were happening and let them test it with the tool. After they tested it with the tool I got the same feedback as above.
Stretch Film User Report
Western Plastics esta actualmente extendiendo
su mercado a todo Mexico y Latino America.

Western Plastics ofrece los siguientes productos:

Fílmicos para paletizar - Manual y para Maquina (Stretch Film)
Fílmicos para comida y frutas (Vitafilm)
Aluminio para comida - (Aluminum Foil)
Película para alimentos (Supermercados)
Hojas de aluminio para tacos/burritos (Pop Ups)
Charolas de aluminio (Aluminum Pans)

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Stretch-it DSF
Static Dissipative Film

Dissipative stretch wrap for applications sensitive to static electricity.


Static dissipative stretch wrapped pallets are tight, secure and static free in one extra strong unitized load. (More...)


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Another on time delivery
from Western Plastics

Destination: West Coast Floral Distributor

Longtime dropship repeat on 20" HANDYWRAP Ext. Core Stretch Film

Local distributor billing
No Western Plastics markings

Wrapped with care using Printed Logofilm and Air-Flow Vented Pallet Wrap (to promote product and brand awareness also encourages repeat orders)

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Pack Expo Las Vegas

September 28-30, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

We were there!

Learn more about Pack Expo ...


Western Plastics won Balpex Industrial supplier of the year- a super accomplishment.

Over the years WP has had various goals - one of them was to win this award - it may have taken a little longer than we intended but many hours from many people over many years across the business have gone into this accomplishment.

Balpex is the premier industrial buying group in Canada with > 1bn$ in annul group sales across 32 members.

Western Plastics first joined a little over 10 years ago - this is recognition of a relentless quest to get better over many years and some super work done by the sales team in the last two years repositioning our business, building our image and service levels at the distributor level with Balpex.

I still feel we have only just scratched the surface and I know we can "repeat" at some point in the very near future.

Congratulations and well done - please pass this message on to your teams.


New lightweight wrapper is easy to use
Combined with XP Engineered films, you can safely wrap pallets faster and easier.

Learn more about the Litewrapper XT

United Group Annual Conference

Western Plastics
wins 2014/2015


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Packaging: A Good
Business to be in
Global Flexible Packaging Market to
Exceed US$99 Billion by 2019

Flexible Packaging Market by value, the global demand for flexible packaging in 2012 was pegged at US $73.56 billion. By 2019, market will be valued at US $99.10 billion, registering a 4.4% growth from 2013 through 2019.

The report analyzes the flexible packaging market from the standpoint of processors, manufacturers, raw material vendors, and end-users such as pharmaceutical companies, food and beverage manufacturers and personal care product brands.

Flexible packaging materials that the report studies are: polyethylene, polypropylene, paper, aluminum, polyamide, PVC, and others.
Trade Reports


US demand to rise 1.5% annually through 2018. US demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 16.4 billion pounds, resulting in sales of $26.2 billion.
Trade Reports

LLDPE to continue gaining share from LDPE. LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) is the largest volume film resin, comprising nearly half of resin usage in 2013 and is expected to maintain solid growth through 2018. LLDPE's high strength source reduction capabilities have helped spur gains in multiple markets.
Trade Reports

Evolution Wrapper
Success Story
EvolutionJust wanted to reach out to you and let you know that after having your Evolution wrap machine using XP Pre-Stretched film for close to 2 years, we are very satisfied with its performance. One of my biggest concerns overseeing our night crew is giving them reliable and consistent tools to make their job as efficient as possible. Quite honestly, I don’t want them coming to me complaining about a machine that doesn’t work. Mission Accomplished!

This current configuration is fast, uses much less stretch film due to its strength and the machine is dependable. We also love the technical support we get when, at a minimum, is needed.

Continue to use us as a reference for future business. We are very satisfied and would like to help out fellow wholesalers as you see fit. (Read - Free Evolution wrapper)

Valdosta, Ga
Telescoping of blown stretch film can be a concern in extreme heat situations
Telescoped Rolls

This is caused by slipping of successive layers of film causing the center of the rolls to push outwards due to the natural pressure of the film. Storing blown film in temperatures above 100 degrees is not recommended.


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