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Surcharge - April 2022

Due to critical impending increases on resin and energy prices, mainly down to the geo political situation that has developed in the last few weeks in Ukraine, this on top of the previous Covid impacts on costs and a volatile supply chain that we had to deal with throughout 2021 and continue to do so in 2022 has led us to the following.

We have no option but to go with a further 9.8% surcharge as of 4th April 2022, taking our overall surcharge to 22.3%. 

Once again we thank you for your loyalty and support in these exceptionally challenging times. Our next review will be at the end of April, in the meantime we thank you once again for your loyalty and custom.

1 April 2022

Critical Update- March 2022

As mentioned earlier in January, we committed to keep you informed of price movement through Q1 and any surcharge changes that might apply from April 1st 2022.  Since the start of the year raw materials and commodity prices have been fluctuating due to market speculation and now in addition the Ukraine Russia crisis has started to have an effect on global supply chain costs especially through energy prices.
 
With this at the forefront of our minds, we had a resin price rollover in January, however resin has gone up again equating to circa 0.5% in surcharge in February and unfortunately further increases are now expected in future periods, due to the above crisis putting all materials and commodities, especially gas, electricity and oil at risk for all extruders in the UK.
 
This is as unwelcome a message for us as it is to you, but the facts are it will affect every business in the country, and whether we like it or not, we all have to take responsibility to pass these costs on in order to protect the future of us all. 
 
As yet we don’t have accurate information on the level of cost increases and obviously have committed to holding prices for March.  We will however, inform you of the inevitable increases as soon as we have all the facts, however with the volatility of cost movements we may have to revert back to monthly reviews, until the world settles down and we get back to some sort of normality.  We think that it is important to give you as much notice as possible hence this communication. 

7 March 2022

Price Increase- February 2022

The industry has continued to see high demand across all products throughout 2021 and with very little sign of this changing in quarter 1 of 2022 we like others are forced to implement price increases to provide a sustainable future for our business.  Increases will be applied to PVC extruded products, aluminium, steel and injection mouldings from 1st February 2022, as follows:

January 2022 surcharge will be a roll over from December 2021.
 
PVC products
Due to ongoing issues with demand versus capacity across the world and continuing price volatility, we are not in a position to completely remove the surcharge.  According to information from our suppliers it does however seem likely that at some point in 2022 we will start to see an easing in formulation prices, therefore we need to be in a position to reflect this if and when it happens.

  • Surcharge will be 12.5% (we will use the surcharge to flex movement in price up or down) and review on a quarterly basis.
  • Extruded profile prices (except cavity closers) will increase by 17.5%
  • Dura-Frame cavity closer prices and thermal inserts will increase by 4.5%

Aluminium
There have been significant rises in the billet conversion premium over the last quarter, LME fluctuates on a monthly basis as we all know, usually this allows us to manage the costs on a month by month basis as we travel through the year. 2021 however has seen a huge rise in demand that has now been reflected in the price of conversion along with rising energy and freight costs; these increases cannot be ignored and will be subject to a 38% price increase from February 1st 2022.
 
Steel
We have tried to keep steel prices as low as possible throughout 2021, however we cannot continue to absorb the increases incurred throughout the year and prices must therefore go up by 15% from February 1st 2022.
 
Injection Mouldings
Once again we have tried to keep prices as low as possible, but due to raw material shortages, suppliers have had no option but to push price increases through and although we have been absorbing these costs for the last three months, with them now becoming the norm, we have to increase our prices by 13.5% from February 1st 2022.   

16 December 2021

Surcharge- December 2021

Since January 2021, raw material increases alone have risen circa 50% and along with additional increases in logistics, energy and labour, this has amounted to millions of additional cost, a truly staggering realisation.
 
Due to these ongoing factors, PVC prices have been pushed up again in November, at this point it is unknown what December will be. We therefore have no choice but to implement a further 3% increase from 2nd of December 2021, taking our overall cumulative increase to 28%.

Our next PVC review will be at the end of December. In the meantime, we thank you again for your loyalty and custom and assure you, we like others, are doing everything we can to maintain a continued sustainable supply chain, through some very difficult and challenging times with supply and cost increases across the whole cost base.

30 November 2021 

Surcharge- November 2021

The PVC market is not expecting to reverse its course of increases in the weeks ahead, more rises are being announced in November with no sign of the trend reversing in the near future. In all, from January 2021 we have been forced to take an almost 45% increase in raw materials alone and based on our tonnage, this is many £millions of additional cost, a truly staggering realisation.

Due to these ongoing factors, PVC prices have been pushed up again in October and with significant increases being reported for November. We have no choice but to implement further increases from 2nd of November 2021, taking our overall cumulative increase to 25% 

Our next review will be at the end of November, in the meantime we thank you once again for your loyalty and custom, and assure you, we like others, are doing everything we can to maintain a continued sustainable supply chain, through some very difficult and challenging times.

1 November 2021

Surcharge- October 2021

Due to continued strong demand from all sectors, global demand remaining tight and ongoing production disruptions with the supply of PVC , prices have been pushed up again in September, thus meaning a further increase in price from 4th of October 2021, taking our overall cumulative increase to 18.5%.

Unfortunately, at this point in time our suppliers are showing very little, if any sign of easing the pressure on price, mindful of this we think it’s really important that everyone recognises price will continue to remain high well into the first half of the new year.

It’s unfortunate but suppliers believe a large percentage of this surcharge will be converted into price, conscious of this, it’s really important that all future work is priced accordingly, ensuring we protect each other in the best way possible going forward.

As you will be aware, energy prices have risen sharply in the UK in recent weeks. This is something we are monitoring closely. If these persist, energy may end up following a similar path to the Resin surcharge but we will endeavour to keep you posted.

Our next PVCu review will be at the end of October.

29 September 2021

Surcharge- September 2021

Due to continued strong demand from the construction sectors and production disruptions with the supply of PVC, raw material prices have been pushed up again in August and this means a further increase in the surcharge to be implemented from 1st of September 2021, taking our overall cumulative increase to 15.5%.

Unfortunately at this point in time our suppliers are still not sure when the market will show any sign of easing.

Our next review will be at the end of September. In the meantime, we thank you again for your loyalty and custom, and assure you, we like others, are doing everything we can to maintain a continued sustainable supply chain, through some very difficult and challenging times with not only resin, but all raw materials, as we are receiving increases across a range of associated materials.

25 August 2021 

Surcharge- August 2021

Due to continued global demand, prices have been pushed up again and this will mean a further 0.75% increase in the temporary surcharge to be implemented from 2nd of August 2021, taking our overall surcharge increase to 13.25%.

Unfortunately our suppliers are still not sure when the market will ease, however the expectation is still to see some easing in Q4.

Our next review will be at the end of Aug, in the meantime we thank you once again for your loyalty and custom, and assure you, we like others, are doing everything we can to maintain a continued sustainable supply chain, through some very difficult and challenging times.

27 July 2021 

Stillages- July 2021

With the continuation of high demand from all channels, Duraflex is finding that stillages are not being returned as as they used to be therefore putting undue pressure on operations to find solutions to deliver product. Not having enough stillages is also effecting our ability to complete orders on time. At the last count completed in June 2021 there were almost 4,000 stillages in circulation of which over half (56%) are not being returned.

We therefore need your help to purge your holding and get back as many stillages as possible in July and August and beyond to support the ongoing high volume demand.  Please let our customer service team know how many you have in your possession and how many you are sending back so we can keep a record. One other point, please ensure our drivers pick up every empty that is sitting on your site and if some stillages have very old stock in them, Duraflex will be happy to remove them for recycling at no extra cost.

If we do not see a marked improvement in return rates, we will have no choice other than to put a stillage rental charge in place so we can help to finance the investment needed going forward. This is not fair on those customers being affected who have higher levels of stillage returns to us. 

Thank you for your efforts in this matter to enable us to continue to provide a safe, efficient and cost-effective service thus avoiding the need for further measure. 

8 July 2021 

Surcharge Update- July 2021

Due to continued global demand, prices have been pushed up again and this will mean a further 1.5% increase in the temporary surcharge to be implemented from 1st July 2021, taking our overall surcharge increase to 12.5%.

Unfortunately our suppliers are not expecting the market to ease until the end of Aug/Sept, and until then we have been warned of further increases  in July.

Our next review will be at the end of July, in the meantime we thank you once again for your loyalty and custom, and assure you, we like others, are doing everything we can to maintain a continued sustainable supply chain, through some very difficult and challenging times.

24 June 2021 

Surcharge Update- June 2021

Due to ongoing limited capacity and continued global demand, prices have been pushed up again and this will mean a further 2.5% increase in the temporary surcharge to be implemented from 7th June 2021, taking our ovreall surcharge increase to 11%. 

Unfortunately, we are not expecting the market to ease until late summer (July/August) at the earliest, until then we have been warned of further increases to come in June.

Our next review will be at the end of June, in the meantime, we thank you once again for your loyalty and custom. We assure you, like others, we are doing everything we can to maintain a continued sustainable supply as we have done over the last 12 months, through very difficult times. 

2 June 2021 

 Surcharge Update- May 2021

Due to limited capacity and continued huge demand, prices have been pushed up again and this will mean a further 2% increase in the temporary surcharge to be implemented from 10th May 2021 taking our overall surcharge increase to 8.5%. 

Unfortunately, we are not expecting the market to ease until late summer (July/August) at the earliest, until then we have been warned of further increases to come.

Our next review will be at the end of May, in the meantime, we thank you once again for your loyalty and custom. We assure you, like others, we are doing everything we can to maintain a continued sustainable supply as we have done over the last 12 months, through very difficult times. 

10 May 2021 

Resin Surcharge

In line with our recent communications, please note that we are introducing a temporary surcharge as a result of continued cost increases of PVCu resin.

It is likely that the upward trend in this cost will continue until late summer, at which point - and subject to a return to normal levels - the surcharge system will be removed.

Price movements are confirmed to our procurement team on a monthly basis and so we will revise and communicate the level of surcharge each month.  We have communicated with all our customers on this issue.  The surcharge is effective for all deliveries made on and from the 1st April 2021.

 

For further details please make contact with your local Business Development Manager or other usual point of contact.

We understand that any increases are unwelcome, however, we will continue to ensure we take ongoing actions to lessen the impact on our customers, ultimately removing this surcharge at the earliest opportunity. 

12 March 2021 

It Remains Business as Usual.

Dear Customer,

We are aware of rumours circulating in the market about Duraflex and write to confirm that Duraflex a wholly owned trading division of UK Window Group Limited, is not being closed or wound up and is open for business as usual in Tewkesbury.

The confusion comes from the fact that the old Duraflex Limited company which has not traded for more than 10 years, still belongs to former owner Masco Corporation who have decided to wind it up in the course of their ordinary business activities.

This has no effect whatsoever on customers, employees, suppliers or other stakeholders since all business relationships are with UK Window Group Limited.

We trust that this explains things and provides reassurance that Duraflex remains operating as normal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dean Cossey                                       Matthew Scoffield

 

Divisional Director                             CEO UK Window Group Ltd

 

 

 

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