Italian fine paper prices continue downward slide, recycled containerboard prices edge up
Downward price pressure is still being felt on a number of graphic paper markets in Italy, while price hikes are being discussed for newsprint, SC paper, GC board, recycled CCM
While recycled corrugated case material manufacturers are able to report at least partial success in the latest round of price hikes in Italy, fine paper and brown kraftliner suppliers have had to stand by and watch as the prices of their products continued to fall in the wake of excess supply and inadequate demand. Both grades became up to €10/t cheaper in November.
Elsewhere, business has stayed quiet in Italy. Progress in negotiations about publication paper and virgin-fibre board contracts for deliveries in 2014 might create a little more excitement in December. Market players were also watching with interest and concern to see what happens with three Italian transport trade unions' plans to paralyse the freight traffic with a five-day strike in the second week of December if their demands are not satisfied.
This article is an excerpt from EUWID's monthly report on the paper markets in Italy. The EUWID Price Watch Italy for November is being published in EUWID Pulp and Paper no. 48 on 27 November.
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