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Over the last several months the paper industry has experienced a severe and impactful shift; not only in pricing but also in availability across all brands and grades. This volatility makes it essential to be proactive by preplanning projects in order to avoid the challenges of today’s market. In an effort to aid our customers, Solo Printing is offering this page as a resource tool for current information and the latest news in the paper and print-related industries.

At Solo, our mission is to provide the best quality, customer service, and competitive prices so our clients can attain the best print ROI. We remain steadfast in working closely with the paper mills and distributors in order to stay ahead of the market trends and continue to bring value to our local and national partners.

 

Quick Facts as to How We Got Here Over the Past Few Years

  • Paper manufacturing has been declining at a rate of 2-3% per year
  • The US has been in a state of overcapacity (more paper manufactured than being sold)
  • In the 4th Quarter of 2017, the following paper mills closed or re-tooled
    • Camus by Georgia Pacific (uncoated paper)
    • Appleton (coated paper)
    • West Linn (coated paper)
    • Sappi (converted a paper machine in their Somerset mill from manufacturing coated paper to packaging)
  • Over the last 12 months, 1,000,000 tons of paper in the US has come offline – that’s 50,000 truckloads no longer available
  • Since the 4th Quarter of 2017, two price increases have been announced by all paper manufacturers
  • Through the end of 2018, we can expect one or two more price increases across all grades

 

Below the most up-to-date information as we receive it from the mills and distributors

Catalyst Announces Paper Price Increase

June 13, 2018

Catalyst Paper announced that effective with shipments July 15, 218, the US transaction price for the following grades will be increasing for new and existing orders.

  • Catalyst Brand
    • Electrabrite
    • Electrabrite Book
    • Electrastar

This increase applies to all basis weights, finishes and brightness.

If you have any questions, please contact your Solo Printing representative.

 

Verso Announce Discontinuing Production of Focus Grade Paper

June 1, 2018

Verso has announced they will be discontinuing the production of their Focus grade as of July 31, 2018. Current inventory will be available for sale until it is extinguished.

Influence offering will continue to be Verso’s flagship brand for the No. 3 coated freesheet web market. The elimination of the Focus grade will allow for expanded production of Influence Gloss, Soft-Gloss, Matte, and Gravure.

Please contact your Solo Printing representative if you have any questions.

 

Verso Web Paper Price Increase

May 16, 2018

Effective with all new and existing orders with confirmed delivery dates of July 1, 2018 or later, Verso Corporation is increasing the transaction price of all Coated Freesheet Web and Coated Groundwood Web grades including but not limited to:

  • Coated Free Sheets
    • ArborWeb Plus web
    • Sterling Ultra web
    • Sterling Ultra caliper web
    • Productolith Pts. Web
    • Publishers Matte
    • Publishers ThinBulk
    • ArborWeb web
    • Influence web
    • Focus web
  • Coated Groundwood Web
    • Liberty web
    • Balance web
    • New Era Matte
    • New Era ThinBulk

The increase applies to all basis weights, bulks, finishes and related private label grades.

 

SAPPI Web Paper Price Increase

May 11, 2018

Sappi North America Announces a transactional Price Increase on new and unconfirmed orders that book with confirmed delivery dates on or after Monday, May 14th, 2018 on the following products:

  • McCoy Web
  • Opus Web
  • Somerset Web
  • Flo Web
  • Galerie Web

The price increase includes all basis weights and finishes and all private label programs.

 

CNBC Releases Report On Truck Drivers in US

May 2018

CNBC released this report: the US needs an additional 50,000 truck drivers to avoid an increase in shipping costs.
Read More – The U.S. Needs More Truckers

 

SAPPI Announces Paper Price Increase

March 2018

Sappi North America announces a transactional price increase on new and unconfirmed orders that book with confirmed delivery dates on or after Monday, April 16, 2018 on the following products:

  • A 4% – 5% increase across all basis weights and finishes
  • Opus Folio Sheets, Digital Sheets and Sheeter Rolls
  • Flo Folio Sheets, Digital Sheets and Sheeter Rolls
  • EuroArt Folio Sheets, Digital Sheets and Sheeter Rolls

 

Paper Market Trends

February 2018

We have seen a number of price increases for all paper grades starting July 2017and the trend has continued in 2018.

  • 40% of capacity is out since 2000.
  • In the last 8 years, 1,240,000 tons have been removed from the paper industry
  • In 2017 alone, 655,000 tons were removed because of Appleton and West Linn.
  • Of the Top 5 remaining producers, only 2 are domestic (Sappi and Verso)
  • Pulp is up $11/cwt since December 2016.
  • Mills that do not produce pulp were Appleton and West Linn

 

SAPPI Paper Price Increase

January 31, 2018

Effective on the first of this month, Sappi North America began a price increase on all orders booked with a delivery date on or after February 5, 2018.
This 4%-7% transactional price increase is relevant to the following products:

  • McCoy Web
  • Opus Web
  • Somerset Web
  • Flo Web
  • Galerie Web

 

Coated Stocks Resolute Price Increase

January 31, 2018

Effective March 1st, Resolute Forest Products will raise its ResoluteGloss, ResoluteBlonde, and ResoluteBrite 76 papers by $40 US/st.

 

Catalyst Paper Price Increase

January 31, 2018

Beginning on February 1, 2018, the transaction price for several grades of Catalyst paper will be increasing by $2.00/cwt.

  • The Coated Freesheet Grades increasing include
    • Orion
    • Vision
  • Coated Groundwood Grades include
    • Escanaba
    • Dependoweb
    • Capri
    • Consoweb

 

Verso Web Paper Price Increase

January 30, 2018

Verso Corp announced that effective with all new and existing orders with confirmed delivery dates after March 1, 2018, or later, they will be increasing the transaction price of all Coated Freesheet Web and Coated Groundwood Web grades, including but not limited to:

  • Coated Free Sheets
    • ArborWeb Plus web
    • Sterling Ultra web
    • Sterling Ultra TrueJet web
    • Publishers Matte
    • Publishers ThinBulk
    • ArborWeb web
    • Influence web
    • Focus web
  • Coated Groundwood Web
    • Liberty web
    • Balance web
    • TrueJet Book web
    • New Era Matte
    • New Era ThinBulk

This increase will apply to all basis weights, bulks, finishes, and related private label grades.

If you have any questions, please contact your Solo Printing representative.

 

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