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Montana Cans LOOKBOOK 2022

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Montana Cans LOOKBOOK 2022 Edition #7 It's that time again to welcome the release of the Montana Cans Lookbook 2022 edition #7. There is no rewind button on life, making it all the more important to reflect on the year that was, and the things that happened during that period. The Montana-Cans Lookbook does just that and reflects on some of the highlights from the year prior. A moment to reflect on those things that may not have received as much shine as they deserved while being "in the moment". The 2021/2022 period was a particularly unique period not only for Montana Cans but for the world as a whole. Mankind arrived at what we hope is the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, there was turbulence in many regions, and the global population started to come to terms with the new financial challenges of life. But apart from increasing prices and challenging health/social situations, there were also many positive moments that brought innovation, fun, color, and creativity back into our lives. The Montana Cans collaborations continued with our many partners, artistic friends, and organizations within the creative world, including a vast array of amazing limited-edition cans, cool collectible products, and new innovations that make painting and creating even more enjoyable than before. Countless brave event organizers pushed forward with their dreams and their world-class events, with Montana Cans as partners on board regardless of the social and political hurdles put in place in the name of health and safety. And off the radar, the global graffiti community kept on creating and pushing our culture forward despite the challenges put in place around them. Regardless of where you were in 2021/2022, steel, bricks, canvas, furniture, and even clothing all got a special creative touch that Montana Cans was proud to be part of. With this in mind, we present to you the Montana-Cans Lookbook 2022 Edition #7 for your enjoyment. Available here digitally and in limited amounts in print at selected Montana Cans partners and resellers.

Once the world thought

Once the world thought it came to terms with the coronavirus and all its new considerations, some of us thought that things may be getting back to normal. That is until new challenges hit the producers of spray paint raw materials. Extreme weather of prolonged freezing temperatures played havoc on refineries and chemical producers who were forced to shut down and unable to produce materials safely. This created a domino effect worldwide. The re-start of consumption of Asian-made goods meant that an extreme demand for raw materials, containers, and shipping space was also concentrated in that region. For European producers, the increase in demand for goods (such as spray paint) with decreased access to raw materials was compounded by a shortage of containers, container space, and transport vehicles that were no longer able to move goods efficiently, leading to increasing costs and massive delays throughout the whole transport sector. The development of all these trends has led to prices of just about all goods and services skyrocketing globally in nearly all areas of life. The scarcity of shipping space worldwide causes a huge impact on pricing as well. Even if goods are available to supply the shipping companies only can offer very volatile service. It should not be forgotten that we are in this all together. To bridge the gap of uncertainty it is important to remain positive. The times ahead will be challenging. Not just for the producers and consumers of spray cans, but all manufacturing industries. Once the world thought it came to terms with the coronavirus and all its new considerations, some of us thought that things may be getting back to normal. ↑ When they are not keeping the quality at its peak, our lab team is always on the lookout for better ways to do things. ← What’s that sound in your can? These are the mixing balls that help keep your highly pigmented Montana Cans paint colors mixed to perfection. →→ Countless ingredients go into every can, of every color, in the Montana Cans spray paint ranges. 152 Insight Raw Materials

F.A.Q. Frequently asked Questions Will this affect the quality of Montana Cans? To the best of our ability the quality and performance of Montana Cans will remain as high as it has been thus far. Our Laboratories and R&D teams are working vigorously to resolve any issues in raw material supply that may arise, as well as developing new technologies for a sustainable future. When will this current situation end? How do other major industries affect the prices of Montana Cans products? All major industries such as the automotive and furniture industries are reliant on chemicals for all aspects of their production. If their supply on these chemicals decreases but their demand increases, it affects the prices of chemical products worldwide. For example, oils for cars, foam for seats & mattresses, coatings to paint and protect, or chemicals to create the glue that holds things together are just some of the contexts that major industry uses the same chemicals required to produce spray paint. If the price of these raw materials increases, so do many elements of our everyday life, including the cost of producing spray paint. Although analysts can predict and diagnose the current state of raw material prices and demands, nobody knows when, if, or how these current trends will develop. As long as the elements of nature are in control of the weather conditions, producers, distributers, and re-sellers, are all working together to maintain the best supply possible, at the best possible price. As long as the elements of nature are in control of the weather conditions, producers, distributers, and re-sellers, are all working together to maintain the best supply possible, at the best possible price. Why have the prices increased so drastically? Believe it or not, the prices of spray cans have been below what they should be for nearly three decades. Regardless of the continual increase in prices of raw materials, can manufacturers, distributors, and re-sellers have all partially absorbed the price increases to try and keep the development in retail price as low and slow as possible. However, the current situation is extreme and was unforeseeable. Some chemical produces even stating closure or decreased production due to “force majeure”. Making the price increases required to maintain the stable production of spray cans greater and more rapid than the industry has passed on since the early 1990’s. Are Spray paint suppliers making more money now? The new trends in raw material prices does not mean that producers like Montana Cans are making more profit on their products. The price developments are literally just to balance out the ever-increasing costs to produce the products that you love. Insight Raw Materials 153

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