Dear valued customers,
Unfortunately, the COVID 19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on our personal lives, but also on our business.
The disruption of supply chains and resulting shortage of raw materials caused by the pandemic continues and there is currently no end in sight.
Although the blockade of the Suez Canal has recently been removed, there are now delays inthe handling of container ships in the European transhipment ports, which negatively affect the flow of goods and counteract an easing of the availability situation.
The price development caused by the shortage continues to show an upward trend in many areas and thus the market situation remains uncertain.
The film market in particular is showing unprecedented price increases.
We are also confronted with price increases in the paper sector due to extreme price increases by pulp producers. The higher demand for hygienic paper caused by the pandemic as well as the reduction of production capacities are significant causes for the price development in the paper sector.
Bottlenecks in transport capacity and the associated higher transport costs, price increases for auxiliaries and operating materials mean that the usual price stability can no longer be guaranteed over a longer period of time.
Experts are now predicting that the negative factors influencing the market will not calm down until the fourth quarter of 2021.
Even our optimally arranged warehousing can only stop the current development to a limited extent and for a limited period of time.
More than ever, an intensive exchange with you is necessary in order to find a mutually satisfactory solution for pricing and delivery times in the current market situation for both sides.
Please approach your contact person to answer any questions.
Despite the strengthening of many measures to control the pandemic, we are available to you as the known reliable partner. Especially in these uncertain times, we look forward to continuing our trustful cooperation.