update    regarding supply chain disruptions

To our Valued Distributors:

The supply chain issues related to paper and raw materials continue to increase lead times for Royal and other printing companies. Paper mills are operating at full capacity, mill inventories are at historically low levels, allocations have been put in place for laser MOCR paper, and input and transportation costs continue to rise.

Based on the current high demand levels and constrained capacity of the major raw material providers, we anticipate we will continue to have supply chain disruptions at least through the balance of this year for all our products. These disruptions have reduced our ability to accommodate short lead time requests. We are working hard to minimize these disruptions as much as possible and will work with you on a case-by-case basis to try to find creative solutions to meet your needs.

We encourage you to inform your clients about these supply chain disruptions and motivate them to order early. Allow for at least a three-week lead time for common materials, and at least a six-week lead time for specialty materials. We appreciate your support as we navigate this difficult supply chain environment together.

We thank you for your partnership and continued support. Together, we can continue to succeed in this rapidly changing industry.

 

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT TEAM WINS PIM   AWARD

June 17, 2021

We are proud to announce that our account management team was named "Outstanding Team of the Year" at the Printing Industry Midwest's Star Awards Banquet on June 17th. Their selection was based on their performance in 2020, as they improved efficiencies, implemented new technologies, and met departmental goals, while also supporting each other and our company. We are proud of our team and the way they embraced the challenge to help our company succeed in 2020 and beyond. Congratulations!

Pictured: Kristie Johnson, Sierra Maurer, Jill Neitzel

Not Pictured: Teri Prokott, Luke Van Asch, retirees Debbie Koep and Dale Yant

 

paper COST INCREASES ANNOUNCED

June 7, 2021

To our Valued Customers:

We have recently received notifications from our paper suppliers of an additional upcoming price increase on uncoated papers. Raw materials affected include laser MOCR, forms bond, MICR colors, ledger, digital grades, index and tag. Mills attribute this cost increase due to continued inflation on their input costs.

As a result of these announcements, we have no choice but to pass along these increases. Beginning today, our quotes will reflect these new costs. However, as a 30-day courtesy notice, we will provide upon request a quote reflecting the current paper price. These quotes would be valid through July 6, 2021, and our 30-day quote validity policy would not apply.

We understand that it can be difficult to communicate these price increases to your clients. We have posted PDF copies of the increase announcement letters from a variety of suppliers in the What’s New section of our website (www.royalbfp.com) to assist you in conversations with your clients about product pricing. Please let us know if there are other ways we may assist you in passing along this information.

We thank you for your business and continued support. Together, we can continue to succeed in this rapidly changing industry.

Sincerely, 

Tim Urness
President

Pixelle Uncoated Announcement

Pixelle Tag Announcement

 

MATERIAL COST INCREASES ANNOUNCED

March 15, 2021

To our Valued Customers:

We have recently received notifications from all our preferred paper suppliers and many other material suppliers of upcoming price increases. Raw materials affected include white paper, carbonless paper, security paper, label stocks, carbon, ink, film, shrink wrap and all corrugated products including cartons and chipboard.

Although North American consumption of white paper and carbonless paper continues to decline, paper manufacturers have chosen to reduce capacity by either shutting down white paper mills or converting them to make products in growth areas to keep mill operating rates high. This, coupled with the rapid consolidation of major paper mills, has allowed the mills to successfully raise prices despite the decline in paper consumption.  The recent acquisition of Appvion papers by Pixelle will leave us with one North American supplier of carbonless paper.

As a result of these announcements, we have no choice but to pass along these increases. Beginning today, our quotes will reflect these new costs. However, as a 30-day courtesy notice, we will provide upon request a quote reflecting the current paper price. These quotes would be valid through April 14, 2021, and our 30-day quote validity policy would not apply.

We understand that it can be difficult to communicate these price increases to your clients. We have posted PDF copies of the increase announcement letters from a variety of suppliers below to assist you in conversations with your clients about product pricing. Please let us know if there are other ways we may assist you in passing along this information.

We thank you for your business and continued support. Together, we can continue to succeed in this rapidly changing industry.

Sincerely, 

Tim Urness
President

 

Pixelle Carbonless-Security-Uncoated Announcement

Pixelle Book-Converting Announcement

Pixelle Uncoated-Envelope-CutSize Announcement

UPM Raflatac Announcement

Avery Dennison/ACPO Announcement

WestRock Container Announcement

 

ROYAL IS OPEN and ready to  help

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Royal is fully operational and ready to serve our distributor partners during the impact of COVID-19. Our goal still remains to support you as best we can. We plan on staying open as an essential business should the Governor of Minnesota issue a shelter-in-place order. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any custom print products that you are needing to source. We are here to support you. Together, we will succeed through this challenging time.

steve johnson celebrates 40 years

February 26, 2020 - Steve Johnson has reached an exciting milestone of 40 years of service at Royal. Steve started as a Press Operator and is now our Purchasing Agent/Production Coordinator. Steve is responsible for all of the purchasing that goes on at Royal. In his spare time, Steve thoroughly enjoys watching sports and playing golf. Thank you Steve for your 40 years of dedicated service!

 

RISING STAR AWARD WINNER

February 14, 2020 - We are pleased to announce that we were recognized at the American Solutions for Business national conference with a Rising Star award. The Rising Star Vendor awards are presented to those partner vendors who have shown significant growth with ASB sales associates. Tim Urness, President and Owner, attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award.

 

tim van norman   CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

March 19, 2019 - Tim Van Norman, Production Manager, has reached an exciting milestone of 40 years of service at Royal. While attending North Hennepin Technical College, Tim started his career with Royal in 1979 as a Press Operator. After many years as a dedicated Press Operator, Tim became a Production Supervisor and is currently Royal’s Production Manager. Tim is in charge of scheduling and monitoring all phases of the production process, and is also one of the leaders on our Process Improvement Committee. Tim lives in Champlin, MN with his wife Julie, and enjoys golfing and fishing. Thank you Tim for your 40 years of dedicated service!

 

ROYAL ANNOUNCES NEW OWNER

February 6, 2019 – Royal, one of the Midwest’s leading independent print manufacturers, announced today that Tim Urness is now the sole managing owner of the company, effective immediately. Tim succeeds Ron Urness, who was the company’s founder in 1977 and has successfully led Royal since that time.

Tim has held many positions at Royal over the past 25 years. While working on his Business Management Degree at the University of St. Thomas, Tim worked as a plate maker and Customer Service Representative. After graduating, Tim worked as an Account Manager, Sales Manager, Vice President, and most recently, President. Tim’s history with the company has given him the vision to understand and implement customer-driven solutions. He enjoys working with the sales team on new business opportunities and on long-term business planning.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to serve as Royal’s second owner,” Tim said. “With our company’s distinguished 40-year history of serving print distributors, I look forward to continuing to find ways to grow our brand, move our company forward and deliver the highest level of service possible to our customers.”

 “I am very pleased to welcome Tim as Royal’s new owner,” said Ron Urness, the company’s previous owner. “His vision will ensure the future success of the company.”

 

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CASE STUDIES

GOAL: TO SOLVE PROBLEMS WITH PREVIOUS VENDOR

We worked with a local distributor on a machine-applied label item that he was producing with a different vendor. The distributor was having several quality problems and was looking to move the order to a vendor who could eliminate those issues. We developed a customized checklist and quality control process specific to this item. We have been running this order for over a year now without issue.

GOAL: TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF PRODUCT

We worked with a distributor who had a specialized preprinted check program with a mail house. They were having a lot of problems with offsetting and dry time, so we offered to produce the orders with UV drying on both front and back. This move allowed us to earn the business, and solved several problems for the end user. The ink was cured immediately using our UV technology, allowing the forms to be imaged as soon as they were received by the end user. The UV drying also resulted in sharper color without offsetting.

GOAL: TO EARN NEW BUSINESS

We started working with a local distributor who wanted to earn new business from a large local company. Representatives from the end company met jointly with us and our distributor. Together, we toured our facility, and the end company was pleased with the results. We proceeded to set up the artwork and run some test forms. During the test process, we decided to invest in some new equipment to provide a higher quality barcode on the end product. We also recommended a change in paper stock to save money. The end company ended up awarding us the business, and we have now been producing large volume orders for them for over several years.

GOAL: TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE

A distributor came to us with a unique label, matte with a spot gloss pattern overlay. The order had been produced by a different vendor, but the ink started chipping off the bottles once the label was applied. The original vendor remade the labels with their proposed solution and it was supposed to be better but had the same disappointing result. The distributor reached out to us and after a couple of meetings, we had a detailed analysis of the label and a proposed solution to the problem. We produced samples at no charge for our distributor to show their client. The end result was a much more durable label achieving this same tricky design all at a very competitive price point. The end client placed an order with this new alternative and, in the words of our distributor: “Thanks to Royal, I feel confidence has been restored.”

GOAL: TO CUT COSTS

A local distributor had a large program established with a marketing company to provide them with materials. They were looking for ways to cut costs. We were able to streamline their processes in down, and therefore we were able to capture the business. Our suggestions included changing to a select list of standard inks, and redesigning the artwork to include lockup. Our full prepress department handle and modify their artwork as necessary to keep the layout and color consistent.