Pregis Corp.'s Hexacomb business unit announces price increase

Pregis Corp.'s Hexacomb business unit is announcing a price increase on all grades and sizes of its product line, effective with all shipments on or after June 7, 2010. Hexacomb pricing will increase 10% in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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The latest price increase has become necessary due to additional upward pricing pressure from linerboard, fuel and adhesives. Linerboard (42 lb. unbleached kraft) has risen approximately $60 per ton over March, which puts the increase at more than 20% since January.

“World demand for pulp, which is the primary component of our linerboard, is continuing its two year climb. This, coupled with the other escalating raw material prices, is forcing us to increase our prices so that we can maintain our quality supply. Superior raw material is a critical component in helping us deliver the high level of engineered performance required by our customers,” said Jeff Kellar, president, Hexacomb.

Hexacomb is made with 100% paper (all natural, renewable virgin and post consumer recycled fibers) and engineered into a proprietary honeycomb configuration. The product offers excellent strength, superior cushioning and blocking/bracing functions for a wide range of protective packaging and other applications. Hexacomb products include sheets, runners, edge and corner protectors, as well as Falconboard™ graphic display board.

“All paper-based packaging solutions are being affected by the current pricing pressure. Although we cannot control the forces impacting global costs, we can differentiate ourselves by providing customers with the best quality, service, local manufacturing and engineering performance. This enables Hexacomb to deliver the lowest 'total cost solution' versus the competition,” Kellar said.
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