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The German tinplate packaging market:
Raw material crisis poses a major challenge

20 May 2021 − 

At the beginning of May, manufacturers of tinplate packaging and closures were facing a drastic raw material crisis amid exploding costs.

Whereas respondents in the last EUWID survey in February were only concerned about the shortage of tinplate as a raw material, bottlenecks and massive price increases for other raw materials and components had since emerged, including sealing compounds, inks, coatings, clamping rings, pallets and films.

Tinplate supply from European producers was mostly still assured at the beginning of May. “We’re still being supplied, but our back-up stock is melting away,” said a closure producer. However, the first tinplate producers have reportedly informed their customers that they intend to cut promised volumes. In the majority of cases, delivery of contractually agreed volumes was still being met in early May, but lead times have increased by several weeks in some cases. 

This is an excerpt from EUWID's quarterly report on the German tinplate packaging market. The full article has been be published in EUWID Packaging Markets 10/2021.

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