Posnet terminals, bank ATMs and cash registers in the country use thermal paper. In the world, alone three factories produce the input, which allows businesses to deliver tickets to their customers. They arrive in the country in reams and industrial spools that printers and printers buy from importers, and which are then divided and converted based on the needs of supermarkets, banks and businesses.
most of importers do not have stock to meet the needs of graphic companiesas they maintain, and they do not know the date of admission for the difficulties that, they accuse, the SIRA brings about.
“Our work is very important because all industries depend on us,” said the president of the Argentine Federation of the Graphic and Related Industry (Faiga), Juan Carlos Sacco in dialogue with Argentine News.
The businessman explained that this sector is “industry of industries. It is not enough for the pharmaceutical company to have the remedy inside the bottle: without a label it cannot be put on sale. “You buy a brush and they have a label. The same happens with the flour and with the grass that they need from packages. Having all the supplies is important for us and for the rest.”
Entities that include importers and warned the Central Bank (BCRA) and bank associations about supply problems of this key input.
In the import sector they explain that the SIRAS “are admitted, but we do not know the date in which the thermal will actually enter. The rest of the importers are the same as us. This happens with most imported papers: vegetable, self-adhesive, special cardboard.”
The boxes of shoes, toys, cosmetics and medicines They require cardboard to make. Of the 15,000 annual tons that are consumed, only 9,000 are produced in Argentina.
The only factory that produces it locally is Papelera del Sur. As in recent months the entry of imports has been delayed, many of those who used qualities from other countries for their products turned to the national one to satisfy their needs. This produced a bottleneck similar to what the imported ones had. The issue becomes even more complex if one takes into account that it also requires imported inputs for its manufacture.
The production of notebooks, sheets and reams depends, to the same extent, on imports. Celulosa Argentina and Ledesma manufacture paper in Argentina required by those final products. They need imported inputss such as bleaches, chemicals, fabrics, felts and machinery spare parts, among others.
The paper pulp is manufactured mostly by companies, but in some circumstances you also need to import it.
Local manufacturers supply between 70% and 80% of what is demanded internally of that type of material. The 40-gram paper, one of the thinnest, used for the preparation of medication leaflets, is not produced in Argentina.
Importers and entities in the sector hope to have meetings with the Ministry of Industry and Productive Development and with the Ministry of Commerce to express their concerns, despite the fact that they have not yet managed to arrange hearings.
The import delays hit the work of graphics and printing, which are responsible for the production of parts, boxes and cases demanded by different industries. “We are going through a very difficult time,” said the General Manager of Southeast Graphic Arts, Jose Fiorito.
He explained that all its inputs are imported: ink, rubber, printing plates. The imported cardboard was brought directly from Brazil and China, but since it can no longer be brought, they try to use the national one.
Another problem is that customers want to pay in 60 or 90 days and input suppliers want to be paid in cash.. This is impossible to sustain, they explain.
Sacco said that the country “is not self-sufficient in cardboard or paper. The SIRAS worry us. More fluency is needed so that we do not lack inputs. We need the imports to arrive and the deadlines to be less than 60 days last year. We have an excellent relationship with the government, but sometimes there are not enough dollars to import.”
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