Adhesive shortage impacting some lead times
An adhesive shortage is occurring nationally due to the historic winter storms last month in Texas and across the Gulf Coast region. Adhesives are an important component in numerous packaging products including tape, folding cartons, and corrugated containers. Key raw materials and intermediates used to manufacture adhesives are byproducts of the petrochemical industry, which was hit hard by forced operational shut-downs due to the cold weather. The storms exacerbated existing issues in the adhesives supply chain, including already low inventories due to increased ecommerce demand, and limited availability of freight capacities.
While most petrochemical operations have restarted, US American Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) indicated US supply chains will take weeks or even months to recover after such a major disruption.
We are monitoring the situation and will contact those directly affected by the shortage. We advise placing all orders as soon as possible to help mitigate any delays.