The prices of cardboard packaging may soon increase by even several dozen percent – the management board of the Akomex Group is alerting. This is due to the increase in the prices of raw materials and the costs of consumables, as well as difficulties in access to electricity and gas from cardboard suppliers.
“We expect delays in the delivery of raw materials necessary for the production of packaging,” informs the company. According to her, production may even stop at some cardboard suppliers.
This is part of a series of similar information from the economy. We recently wrote about problems of producers of food and carbonated beverages with the supply of carbon dioxidewhich is a consequence of gas prices. Increasing energy and material costs are also a problem for this industry. Pasta producers announce “temporary suspension of production”.
The planned further price increases in the sector will probably also have an impact on higher purchase prices of medicines or food products for which cardboard packaging is used.
“The turn of the year promises to be very disturbing” – assesses the management board. “Reports of possible interruptions in the access to electricity and gas for companies producing raw materials and the constantly rising costs of energy alone are the main factors that prevent the packaging industry from being optimistic about the coming winter.”
The company’s representatives indicate that paper mills in Poland and Europe are already preparing for various possible scenarios, introducing, among others, “energy addition” in the amount from 170 to even 500 euro per ton of raw material needed for the production of cardboard packaging.
The text continues below the video
– The conditions in our industry change from week to week. Paper producers from Poland, as well as foreign ones, are constantly introducing further increases on their products, which we use for the production of cardboard packaging. This is mainly the effect of the increase in energy and gas prices, which we observe all over Europe – comments Grzegorz Łajca, president of the Akomex Group.
“Temporary production stoppage”
– Some of our contractors speak directly about the temporary suspension of production. These factors will certainly affect the supply chain disruptions and, as a result, may lead to delays in the supply of raw materials for the production of packaging – he adds.
– Intensive since the beginning of the year we have increased our stock levels, but we cannot continue this activity – we have reached their maximum level. Paper mills shorten the time of raw material storage, increase storage fees – he is alarming.
He pointed out that his company has long been paying the price for the carton on the day of delivery, not the price used in calculating the offer for the customer.
– On the other hand, we are also struggling with significant increases in production costs. Prices for transport, paints and pallets are rising, but the most for energy. Next year we will pay up to 250 percent more for electricity supplies to our production plants. Unfortunately, such drastic increases must also affect final prices of our products. I estimate that if the situation does not stabilize in the coming months, the prices of cardboard packaging may once again increase by a dozen or even several dozen percent – adds president Grzegorz Łajca.
As the company indicates, in the cardboard packaging sector, already in the past year, there have been rapid increases in the costs of the raw material, i.e. cardboard (by more than 50 percent, and some types by up to 100 percent) and all consumables. Pallets used in transport have increased by 170 percent.packaging film by 60 percent, varnishes and paints used in the production of cardboard packaging by 20 percent, and the cardboard boxes used in transport by 40 percent.
The Akomex Group has over 50 years of experience in the market, it manages three factories: in Poland and in Denmark. It employs over 600 people. It consists of three companies: Akomex, DrukPak and Danish Plano Pack. About half of the company’s products are exported outside the country, mainly to Western European countries. The manufacturer provides packaging, as well as leaflets, labels, trays and laminated sheets for industries such as pharmaceutical, food, personal care, electronics and home accessories. Annually, the company’s production plants leave approximately 1.3 billion packages, supplied to the leading brands of the food and pharmaceutical industries. Last year, the Akomex Group recorded approximately PLN 280 million in revenue.