Last Friday, Appvion announced another price increase on thermal paper. This will only affect the Alpha 400 2.1 and 2.3 grades. The increase is almost 9% on shipments as of January 1, 2018.
This means that 2.1 and 2.3 mil thick Appvion papers have increased in cost by 29% since July 1, 2017. 24% of this seems to be related to the global Dye shortage.
The long-term outlook still remains cautious. Mills have placed converters on Allocations and will continue to do this, until the Dye Shortage is rectified. Currently, there is no new news of a correction in the supply of Leuco Dye, so the next 6 months appears to be more of the same for all mills, converters, and customers. We will continue to update as new information is made available.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at:
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Phone: (800) 289.8353 x 240