Over the last year, polyethylene resins used in plastic products have been much more costly and difficult to come by. This resin is used in a multitude of pieces, ranging from small products like plastic straws to large materials like tubing and plastic sheeting. Although the shortage and price inflation has its roots in the pandemic, it is not the only reason for this struggle.
Causes for Resin Shortages and Price Increases
As demand for plastic products has increased, production has been in overdrive. However, supply chain halts and uncharacteristic winter storms that occurred in areas like Texas have caused the resin supply to dwindle.
Polyethylene is the most popular plastic in the world. Currently, Texas is responsible for 85% of the U.S.’s polyethylene production. The most recent winter storm followed by the raging hurricane season knocked out production for weeks. With the combination of these historical storms and the already overwhelmed ports, resin prices have increased across the board by as much as 50% this year.
Despite the efforts of manufacturers to maintain low costs, the market demand and product shortages for plastic sheeting products are driving inflation, and we expect prices to continue skyrocketing. More than 60% of manufactures are reporting a resin shortage, and experts predict this problem could persist for three more years. And with limited materials available, many manufactures have had to scramble for alternative supplies in the interim.
Solution for Plastic Sheeting Needs
Although supply chain strains, increased consumer demand, weather, and difficulties from the pandemic are still continuing to plague the industry, we are hopeful that these challenges will not be permanent. We understand how unpredictable the market has been since the start of the pandemic, and we want to provide you with the best plastic sheeting solutions to keep your projects going. At Americover, we are dedicated to providing you with the most competitive pricing for the highest quality products.
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