November 1, 2020
As many of you are aware, the North American Containerboard industry has announced a substantial
increase on linerboard and affiliated medium effective at different points throughout November 2020.
We are seeing this translate into an approximate 9% - 14% increase on material costs. Coinciding with
increased labour costs, these increases cannot be absorbed.
As a result, we have no choice but to increase our prices by 9% on all paper-based products effective
December 1, 2020. We are seeing these increases starting to take effect immediately from some
suppliers and expect this to ramp up over the month.
We are confident that we can work with you to reduce the impact of this increase. Quantity increases
and longer lead times may help us to offset the impact of these changes. Your Sales Representative
would also be happy to review other items in your purchasing program to help find offsetting savings.
An industry increase usually increases lead times from the mills, and lead times (3+ weeks) are already
stretched this time of year, so if you plan on topping up your inventory to defer the increase, we
encourage you to place your orders as soon as possible.
The Box-on-Demand portion of our business is also helping clients offset the longer lead times from the
mills and we are increasing our capacity 4-fold. Our lead times on fan-fold box production will be <7
days. Please reach out if we can provide BOD solutions to offset the long mill lead times, we are all
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