PFFC recently released the results from a survey with included converters and suppliers of Flexible Packaging (30% of respondents); Unprinted Paper (24%); Labels, Tapes, Tags (24%); Paperboard Pkg, (14%).
Expectations for 2009
45% believe volume of orders will be down and 53% report order size down
46% forecast receivables will advance
49% predict selling prices will increase; while 55% thought profitability would decrease
35% will spend more on expanding product line into new markets
Only 19% stated an increase over 2007 for CAPEX allocated for new equipment
A whooping 84% believe materials will increase (forecast 8.8% increase)
62% felt plant capacity and backlogs would decline over 2008.