Expected candle delivery failures

Candle producers expect that the current shortage of base material supply will ‎cause considerable supply bottlenecks of candles, specifically in the second half-year...

Candle delivery failures expected due to poor raw material supply

Brussels, 31 March 2021 – European candle producers are currently experiencing a dramatic ‎situation – their order books are filled well, but the materials they need to meet the orders ‎have become extremely expensive or are not available at all. The first candle producers had to ‎cancel candle deliveries already, and the situation is expected to get worse in the second half-‎year 2021.‎

The overall candle use has increased significantly since the current crisis has started because ‎people like to make themselves comfortable at home in these lonely and insecure times. ‎Candle producers are therefore experiencing the strongest demand in years. But the ongoing ‎pandemic has made global supply chains less stable over the past year, and the European ‎candle industry is no exception unfortunately. The supply of raw materials, additives and ‎packaging materials has become significantly more difficult and many candle producers are ‎having serious problems to supply the requested number of candles.‎

Paraffin wax is the most widely used fuel for candles in Europe. Because of production ‎downtime due to both the pandemic and maintenance and an extreme increase of the ‎freight costs, supply has become poor and the costs for purchasing paraffin wax have ‎increased strongly. At the moment, paraffin wax of the required grade is often not even ‎available. Other fuels, like palm, rapeseed or other vegetable fats are no real alternative ‎either as their prices have increased parallel to that of paraffin wax. ‎

Shortages and price increases do not only concern fuels, however. Supply with candle ‎containers, packaging and shipping materials has become more difficult and expensive too. ‎Candle producers therefore expect that the current shortage of base material supply will ‎cause considerable supply bottlenecks of candles, specifically in the second half-year when ‎traditionally the largest volumes of candles are produced.‎