In summary, Russian Birch dieboard remains limited, expensive, and extremely delayed.
Limited
Another source of Russian Birch dieboard has been closed indefinitely. Either money can't reach the mills or the product can't reach the port (or get on a ship).
ExpensiveAnother source re-opened, but their pricing prevents us from ordering any…at least not until all other options are exhausted.
DelayedWe have…A…LOT…of Premium Russian Birch dieboard that was ordered LAST YEAR that still hasn’t arrived. Seriously…much of the material that was ordered in October through December of 2021 is still tied up in German ports. Some of our containers have been unloaded and loaded onto different ships FOUR TIMES…and they still haven’t yet started toward the United States. So it isn’t just the US ports that are congested…this is a world-wide problem.
OptionsThis doesn’t mean we’ve been idle…far from it. We have tested several different options that could replace or augment parts of our dieboard offering. However, much of the testing takes time…and money. For example, we’ve recently purchased samples (we must purchase them…there are no freebies) from multiple potential new suppliers. Some look promising while others are just problematic.
Image above: One purchased sample with a laser-incompatible adhesive proved costly in time and money.
On top of that, we get treated to additional charges of $190 per day as various samples get stuck in customs while we navigate the mountains of paperwork. Yet, we’ll keep trying. We remain committed to supplying the industry with its needs.
Good NewsWe do have some new product on its way to us now. But we can’t yet provide any details. This new option, along with Poplar, are the most promising of the new options we’ve explored. As soon as it lands (expected to be next month…fingers crossed), you’ll hear about it via our next newsletter.
We are also monitoring...• Potential increases in drayage on the west coast (upwards of 40%!)
• More increases on maple (although nothing on Poplar, yet).
New MarkdownsFinally, we have recently marked down 65 dieboard SKUs, mainly slow-moving stock of sizes that we won’t be re-ordering. As always, this is all ‘first come, first served’.
Please visit www.DieBoard.com for ordering. Inventory accurate as of 7/18/22. Items listed below are subject to prior sale.
SKU
Description
Qty Avail.
Price
Premium Birch
078199
Freeman Premium Birch - 3MM x 60" x 60"
185
$21.66
078196
Freeman Premium Birch - 1/4" x 30" x 48"
30
$16.82
078286
Freeman Premium Birch - 9MM x 60" x 60"
39
$45.70
079144
Freeman Premium Birch - 10MM x 60" x 72"
8
$62.10
082126
Freeman Premium Birch - 12MM x 60" x 60"
1
$33.72
082122
Freeman Premium Birch - 12MM x 60" x 84"
21
$87.57
078108P
Freeman Premium Birch - 1/2" x 48" x 72"
341
$99.87
082066
Freeman Premium Birch - 5/8" x 60" x 60"
4
$29.68
078026
Freeman Premium Birch - 3/4" x 60" x 60"
72
$88.68
078101LG
Freeman Premium Birch Long Grain - 1/2" x 96" x 48"
1
$75.20
082047
Freeman Premium Birch Long Grain - 18MM x 54" x 60"
22
$0.00
082070LG
Freeman Premium Birch Long Grain - 5/8" x 48" x 60"
12
$31.33
078164AD
LaserPly Advantage Birch Long Grain - 5/16" x 53" x 72"
100
$125.19
078127AD
LaserPly Advantage Birch Long Grain - 12MM x 54" x 72"
33
$161.54
082082AD
LaserPly Advantage Birch - 15MM x 60" x 84"
6
$233.45
082062ADCO
LaserPly Advantage Birch - 5/8" x 60" x 84"
2
$124.16
078030ADSG
LaserPly Advantage Birch Long Grain - 3/4" x 48" x 60"
63
$163.98
078025AD
LaserPly Advantage Birch - 3/4" x 72" x 60"
42
$242.96
UV Coated Premium Birch
082272
UV Coated Birch 15MM x 48" x 72"
6
$85.23
082202
UV Coated Birch 3/4" x 48" x 72"
1
$79.68
079168
UV Coated Freeman Premium Birch - 1/4" x 48" x 60"
16
$54.60
082242
UV Coated Freeman Premium Birch - 3/8" x 48" x 72"
1
$32.90
082212
UV Coated Freeman Premium Birch - 5/8" x 48" x 72"
1
$93.65
082244AD
UV Coated LaserPly Advantage Birch - 3/8" x 48" x 60"
23
$40.32
078212ADR
UV Coated LaserPly Advantage Birch - 5/8" x 48" x 72"
50
$141.39
Maple
078488
UltraFlat Maple - 5/16" x 48" x 60"
150
$148.22
078468
UltraFlat Maple - 3/8" x 48" x 60"
16
$55.18
078466
UltraFlat Maple - 3/8" x 48" x 72"
24
$78.57
082432
UltraFlat Maple - 1/2" x 36" x 48"
2
$58.53
078372
UltraFlat Maple - 11/16" x 36" x 48"
143
$84.11
078368
UltraFlat Maple - 11/16" x 48" x 60"
11
$80.24
078368CG
UltraFlat Maple Cross Grain - 11/16" x 48" x 60"
65
$122.87
078332
UltraFlat Maple - 7/8" x 36" x 48"
194
$107.53
52101320
Marco MV Maple - 1/4" X 48" X 60"
20
$74.38
52102800
Marco MV Maple - 3/8" X 48" X 60"
2
$131.69
52103170
Marco MV Maple - 3/8" X 48" X 72"
37
$158.04
52112046
Marco MV Maple - 5/8" X 48" X 60"
6
$48.69
52116490
Marco MV Maple - 18MM X 48" X 60"
8
$132.20
52118341
Marco MV Maple - 3/4" X 48" X 60"
12
$62.17
52119080
Marco MV Maple - 3/4" X 48" X 96"
15
$353.80
52120190
Marco MV Maple - 7/8" X 36" X 48"
1
$102.67
52120561
Marco MV Maple - 7/8" X 48" X 60"
1
$76.24
52120930
Marco MV Maple - 1" X 36" X 48"
6
$137.07
52120940
Marco MV Maple - 1-1/2" X 35-3/4" X 47-3/4"
57
$224.55
078576
Standard Maple - 3/8" x 48" x 60"
21
$58.85
078567
Standard Maple - 1/2" x 48" x 60"
11
$64.20
52105390
Standard Maple - 1/2" X 48" X 72"
9
$159.51
082372
Standard Maple - 11/16" x 36" x 48"
7
$44.10
078515
Standard Maple - 11/16" x 48" x 60"
35
$58.85
078502
Standard Maple - 7/8" x 24" x 36"
17
$21.40
Composites
Other Dieboards
081822
Freeman ProForm - 1/4" x 48" x 72"
1
$393.86
081824
Freeman ProForm - 5/16" x 48" x 72"
1
$461.37
081833
Freeman ProForm - 1/2" x 36" x 48"
1
$342.91
081827
Freeman ProForm - 1/2" x 48" x 60"
2
$665.65
081828
Freeman ProForm - 1/2" x 48" x 72"
4
$649.86
081842
Freeman ProForm - 11/16" x 48" x 60"
5
$820.36
081855
Freeman ProForm - 3/4" x 24" x 48"
1
$336.45
078964
ArmorPlate Gray - 5/8" x 48" x 60"
5
$12.80
54104850
Melamine/Birch Face - 5/8" X 48" X 72"
5
$210.99
078672CG
Ash Cross Grain - 3/8" x 48" x 60"
3
$51.40
082632
Ash - 5/8" x 36" x 48"
5
$43.69
078628CG
Ash Cross Grain - 5/8" x 48" x 60"
62
$153.15
082628CG
Ash Cross Grain - 5/8" x 48" x 60"
6
$19.87
082626
Ash - 5/8" x 48" x 72"
1
$21.09
5240000
Beech Cross Grain - 5/8" x 48" x 60"
53
$153.15
Thank you,
Ian McClaskey
Vice President, Sales
Freeman Manufacturing & Supply Co.