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Paper & Packaging Commodity Coverage

Critical coverage of packaging inputs across paper, glass and plastic

Our market experts provide insight using our proven forecasting models on the world’s paper and packaging markets and the key factors that drive them. We track and analyze price outlooks for all types of packaging as well as key input costs, including pulp, chemicals and glass.

We provide regular analysis of the pricing environment by sector and region that includes:

  • Segmented reviews of prices, supply and demand by industry and geography
  • Sourcing guidance on timing major commodity buys
  • Dynamic tables outlining market conditions – economic outlooks as well as market drivers
  • Analyst access to discuss latest market dynamics and price implications

Paper & Packaging data and insights available via our Pricing and Packaging Services

Concept Coverage

  • Pulp
  • Boxes
  • Glass Containers
  • Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Printing and Photographic
  • Pulp, Paper and Allied
  • Wood Pallets and Skids

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Laura Hodges

She is also currently responsible for the management and operations of the pricing research team. She has more than 15 years of experience at IHS. She has managed several projects on global cost analysis, including projects in Asia and South America, where the objective was to recommend the most cost-effective and efficient action in the procurement of key materials and services. Ms. Hodges has spoken extensively on the topic of procurement pricing strategies and global cost environment, including a recent presentation at the Institute of Supply Management titled, “Has China Lost Its Low-Cost Edge?” Her presentations on “Economic Risks To Consider Before Bidding Your Next Contract” and “Understanding and Estimating the Skilled Labor Shortage” were made at a conference of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Ms. Hodges holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, US, and a Master of Arts in Health and Labor Economics from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, US. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University in Beijing, China.​

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John Mothersole

As director of research, Mr. Mothersole sets and executes research priorities to identify potential supply chain risks and opportunities. His other duties include providing inflation analysis for the US Economic Forecasting Service, World Industry Service and the metal price forecasts within the Global Link Model at IHS Markit. He is directly responsible for nonferrous metal forecasts. He has more than 30 years of experience in price analysis and price forecasting. A member of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE), Mr. Mothersole holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Economics, both from the University of Maryland, US.

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John Anton

Mr. Anton has expertise in the ferrous metals industry, he is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel. He also specializes in forecasting commodities and works closely with the Automotive, Construction, Energy and Economics teams at IHS Markit. Steel demand is linked to outlooks from these key sectors. In turn, the profitability of these sectors can rise or fall depending on the price and availability of steel.Prior to joining IHS Markit, now IHS Markit, in 1995, he was in the private practice of law as well as an economist and statistician for the United States Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Mr. John Anton received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University, US, and a Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, US.

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Emily Crowley

An expert in North American labor markets and a specialist in labor supply, demand and wage escalation, Ms. Crowley is a key contributor to the semi-annual Global Manufacturing and Global Construction Compensation reports and to ongoing research of labor markets on the US Gulf Coast and Western Canada. Her research provides an analytical framework to compare labor cost and escalation on a global basis. Ms. Emily Crowley received her Masters of Science in Applied Economics from the Johns Hopkins University where she focused in quantitative methods.

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KC Chang, B.com, MA, MS

His expertise resides in the commodity sector, where he is responsible for the nonferrous and precious metals forecasts including platinum and palladium. His latest research focuses on supply chain risks and opportunities for minor metals such as cobalt, lithium and rare earth elements used in the growing electric vehicle industry. In the past, KC worked on several projects focused on global cost analysis for clients in the energy and mining sector. These projects helped clients estimate capital costs and develop cost-effective procurement solutions for key materials and services. In addition to his work with clients, KC provides commodity market commentary to various news organizations including Bloomberg, Reuters, National Public Radio, Kitco Metals, Metal Bulletin and the American Metal Market.Mr. Chang received his M.A. in economics and his M.S. in statistics from the George Washington University. He also received his B.com in finance and mathematics from McGill University.

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Deni Koenhemsi

Ms. Koenhemsi's previous areas of industry focus include healthcare, professional services and consumer goods. Prior to joining the company, she worked as a country risk economist at AIG and as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies focused on Turkish economy and politics. Ms. Deni Koenhemsi received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Richmond, US, and a Master of Arts in International Economic Relations from American University, Washington, D.C., US.

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Amanda Eglinton

Ms. Eglinton has been a part of the Pricing and Purchasing metals team since 2015. She is the lead analyst covering steel pipe, stainless steel, nickel and the ferroalloys markets. She is responsible for tracking market conditions in the carbon and stainless steel markets and producing quarterly price forecasts and supply and demand outlooks. In addition, Ms. Eglinton participates in IHS Markit consulting projects for oil and gas clients as a steel subject matter expert. She holds a masters of arts in applied economics from the University of Houston, and a bachelor of science in finance and economics from Saint Louis University.

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Michael Dall

He is responsible for the coverage of chemicals and plastic prices across Europe with an emphasis on forecasting. He also manages the relationship with several of the team's largest EMEA clients. Between 2013 and 2018 he was the lead economist at market analysts Barbour ABI, responsible for providing detailed coverage of the UK economy with specific focus on the construction sector. Before this he worked at GVA as an economist covering the residential and commercial property markets. Dall holds an undergraduate degree in Business Economics and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.

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