The Agfa-Gevaert Group (Mortsen, Belgium) has announced that it will increase the prices of its offset plates globally beginning in April of 2021. Soaring input costs – particularly relevant to aluminum, energy and packaging materials – in combination with sharply rising freight rates due to global logistic constraints, made the subsequent price increases unavoidable, said the OEM. Prices of offset plates will therefore increase between 5% and 10% and will take effect as of April 1, 2021. Agfa sales teams will be in contact with their customers to discuss the details and support the implementation, while taking into account any individual existing agreements.
“Despite internal cost reductions, the magnitude of rising prices is no longer sustainable,” said Agfa. “The price increase applied to our customers will be partly offset, as printers will benefit from higher aluminum prices when they recycle their used plates. Agfa’s customers highly value our continuous investment in advanced prepress technology and related services – such as the ECO³ framework which stands for Economy, Ecology and Extra Convenience – that leads to substantial economic benefits in their print shop,” the company pointed out.