Due to a huge increase in demand for sustainable alternatives to regular plastic, there is a worldwide PLA shortage currently.

Due to this situation, prices for the following PLA products – will increase on Friday 1st November 2019

  • (r)PLA – 20%
  • PLA Matte – 10%
  • PLA Cosmic – 10%
  • ePLA – 20%
  • Wood – 20%

I am sure you are wondering why this is happening – the answer is that the demand for PLA in major industries such as packaging has considerably increased in recent months – leading to supply shortage and subsequent price increase. In comparison, 3D printing demand for PLA is miniscule.

As an environmentally-conscious company we are glad to see a step-change in plastic consumption, but unfortunately this has led to a dramatic increase in raw materials cost throughout the value chain which inevitably affects us.

Filamentive is committed to offering you the quality you expect and deserve; switching to lower-grade materials was an option open to us but we would never compromise the calibre of our products. We have found a way to minimise the price increase to the least possible amount without compromising quality.

All orders made on or before Thursday 31st October 2019 will be honoured with the current pricing, so we highly encourage you to order soon to take advantage of this.

Price is obviously a major factor, especially for those who use 3D printing within / as a business. Nonetheless, despite the price increases, we remain competitive with other premium brands.

As said, the PLA shortage affects every business in the value chain. Whilst you may not have seen price increases from others, be prepared for this in the coming weeks / months. 

Please rest assured that our value-added benefits such FREE UK delivery, 30% discount for trade / education and 30-day payment terms (subject to credit checks) are unaffected. 

We would highly encourage those of you not on our wholesale system to sign-up for FREE using the button below for a 30% discount for any order above £83+VAT.

If you have an existing account, please contact us so we can simply switch this to a wholesale one.

For volume users and / or those with large-format 3D printers, we also strongly recommend XL spools (2.3 kg and 8.5 kg) to lower the cost/kg– not to mentioned the reduced hassle from fewer spool changes.

There is currently no definitive date when this issue will be solved. We maintain regular contact with our industry partners on the current situation and any progress that is being made.

Given the uncertainty with PLA we actively encourage customers to consider non-PLA materials – namely PETg – as alternatives.

At Filamentive, we try to see challenges as opportunities. As such, we are proactively exploring PLA waste streams – from a variety of sources – with a view to creating more, innovative PLA filament products made with high-percentage recycled content. 

We greatly appreciate your continued business and support through this time of change. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this price increase, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our team is more than happy to discuss this situation with you.