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Key Product Supply and Price variation – May 2021

During these trying and unpredictable times, we at Tradelink wish to advise you on the several impacting factors, combined with significant pressure on our cost of goods that have results in a fluid pricing situation in which price adjustments beyond our control have become unavoidable.

Key factors that have; and continue to materially impact product supply and price have been outlined below:

  • Global demand for related raw and finished products is continuing to impact Australia, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • This demand is driving raw material prices significantly higher while Australian supply is being deprioritised.
  • Global shipping demand is so strong that there is now a shortfall of ships and sea containers, seeing shipping costs increase by 3 to 4 times.
  • Various shipping challenges you may be across include:
    • Related increase supply costs (Australian ports are operating in a ‘go – slow mode’. Transport, port congestion, unloading and peak season charges have all been initiated).

Tradelink remains committed to providing competitive market relevant pricing, coupled with a national service offer. Our various procurement functions across Tradelink and our parent company Fletcher Building continue to work closely with manufacturers and freight carriers to mitigate significant supply continuity risk and minimise price impact where possible.

Unfortunately, due to multiple factors combined and pressure on our cost of goods, many price increases are beyond our control and inevitable. In saying this, we would also like to outline that there could potentially be multiple prices moves in the coming months as we jointly navigate this period with you.

For further updates and price movements for the month of May, 2021 - please click here.

As always, we are grateful for your continued business & support during this period. Should you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact your relevant account manager or branch manager.


Source: The Plastics Exchange: Commodity Plastic Resin, Buy Resin, Sell Resin, Plastic


Key Product Supply and Price variation – April 2021

A sharp and unprecedented rise in global demand for home improvement and garden products reflects record DIY sales. We wish to advise you of the forces that have; and continue to materially impact product supply and price.

Key factors of this increase are outlined below:

  • Global demand for related raw and finished products is continuing to impact Australia, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • This demand is driving raw material prices significantly higher while Australian supply is being deprioritised.
  • We have seen a 60% resin increase in 3 months, as well as a 12% increase on the London Metal Exchange (LME) in the last 3 months- see raw material graphs below
  • The Chinese exchange rate has increased more than the Australian dollar which is driving price increases
  • Global shipping demand is so strong that there is now a shortfall of ships and sea containers, seeing shipping costs increase by 3 to 4 times.
  • Various shipping challenges you may be across include:
    • Industrial action by MUA on Australian Ports
    • Related increase supply costs (Australian ports are operating in a ‘go – slow mode’. Transport, port congestion, unloading and peak season charges have all been initiated).

Tradelink remains committed to providing competitive market relevant pricing, coupled with a national service offer. Our various procurement functions across Tradelink and our parent company Fletcher Building continue to work closely with manufacturers and freight carriers to mitigate significant supply continuity risk and minimise price impact where possible.

Unfortunately, due to multiple factors combined and pressure on our cost of goods, many price increases are beyond our control and inevitable. In saying this, we would also like to outline that there could potentially be multiple price moves in the coming months as we jointly navigate this period with you.

As always, we are grateful for your continued business & support during this period. Should you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact your relevant account manager or branch manager.


DWV Pipe , Storm water and Fittings Resin Pricing

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Source: Public Research (theplasticsexchange.com)


LME Copper Pricing

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Source: London Metal Exchange: LME Copper