Hempel announces global price increase
The cost of key raw materials used in the manufacturing of coatings is now significantly higher compared to the beginning of 2020, and the trend is continuing. As Hempel points out, from January 2020 to January 2021, the cost of epoxy increased by 60 per cent in Europe, 40 per cent in North America and 20 per cent in North Asia. In the same period, the price of zinc increased more than 16 per cent globally, while copper prices rose more than 30 per cent.
“No other option”
“We’re witnessing an ongoing rise in prices for key raw materials due to increased global demand for feedstock as well as logistic challenges. This has a heavy impact on global supply and contributes to higher prices,” says Michael Hansen, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer at Hempel. He continues: “We have made every effort to control and absorb the increases over the last 12 months. It is no longer possible for us to fully absorb the effects as raw material prices continue to rise. We have no other option than to increase the prices of products and solutions. Our focus remains on delivering value to and serving our customers across the world.”
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