Poland: paper and board suppliers charge higher prices on increased input costs and good demand
Price increases have been negotiated in the first quarter 2017 in many sectors of Poland's paper and board market.
Manufacturers’ plans to charge more for both recycled and virgin-fibre grades on the market in Poland were underpinned by higher raw material costs. Good to very good capacity utilisation, longer lead times and supply shortages were compounding the situation in several sectors, such as the woodfree uncoated paper and corrugated case material businesses.
It was against this backdrop that the third price increase in three months was under discussion for recycled corrugated case material as March drew to a close. A variety of producers launched a fresh attempt to invoice more towards the end of March, asking for a mark-up of €20-40/t
GD cartonboard manufacturers are finding that higher recovered paper costs since the middle of last year are putting the pinch on their operating profits. Price hikes announced in the fourth quarter of 2016 that took effect from January onwards were easier to implement in Poland than in other European countries; this upward trend is now expected to continue.
This article is an excerpt from EUWID's bi-monthly report on the paper markets in Poland. The EUWID Price Watch Poland for March will be published in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue no 15/2017 on 12 April.
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