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Print Industry News: Paper Stock Shortage Cause Global Price Increases

By Jonathan Giner

A few months ago, the United States faced an enormous shortage of demand for goods and services, which many believed would threaten and prolong the pandemic-induced downturn long beyond the point at which the virus was contained. Now, however, we have quickly realized that the economic problem of 2021 is the opposite. Businesses are beginning to face the challenge of keeping up with the increasing demand for goods and services.

“The global economy is vulnerable because it never really recovered,” said Nada Sanders, a professor of supply chain management at Northeastern University. “There is massive pent-up consumer demand, but it’s important to have supply and demand connected because when you have a supply shortage you don’t have the products consumers want.”

Included in this worldwide problem is the paper and print industry. When COVID began, many paper mills either shut down their machinery, or converted machines to produce other paper materials like board stock. Now there is a struggle to keep up with increased demand.

Because of this, we are seeing a paper stock shortage that is affecting price adjustments in various paper products including printing paper and carton materials.

The pandemic continues to accelerate in response to consumer behavior shifts, resulting in substantial stock shortage increased stock pricing, and failing mills. (Source: Financial Times, 2021. Pandemic Accelerates Decline In Paper Products Industry, Resulting In Mills Being Shut Down)

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Source: The Business Research Company’s Paper Products Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030

Domestically, the print industry is seeing a shortage of paper supply. Internationally, delays in freight transportation time and increase in fuel cost have caused a decline in the influx of foreign paper stock and an increase in cost.

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