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Capacity bottlenecks and strong

demand lift Italian kraftliner prices

Price hikes for GD and recycled containerboard failed to materialise With the exception of producers of unbleached kraftliner, manufacturers operating on the Italian paper markets failed in their efforts to raise sales prices in June. Continued... more

Germany: varying degrees

of success in price negotiations

Fine paper price increases difficult – Containerboard up Varying degrees of success have been achieved in the price-raising action underway at the moment. The recent attempt made for the third quarter in the fine paper segment appears to have... more

European manufacturers shut down

capacity to keep the market in check

Containerboard mill closures in France/UK – Magazine paper next in 2006 In the last few months most of the major paper groups have announced measures to combat the existing surplus production capacity on international markets. In many cases it... more

VCP confirms interest in

IP’s pulp project in Brazil

Brazilian pulp and paper giant Votorantim Celulose e Papel S.A. (VCP) is interested in acquiring a pulp project in Brazil currently owned by International Paper (IP). VCP confirmed its interest on 29 June in a communication addressed to the... more

Europal commenced work

on a corrugated packaging mill

Europal Packaging, part of the Belgian Europal group, has commenced work on building a new corrugated cardboard converting mill in Mouscron/Belgium. The company says production is scheduled to start in September 2006. The mill will further raise... more

Stora Enso sells German

sheeting plant to OKAB

Stora Enso is selling its sheeting operations at Lübeck/Germany, to OKAB Convert AB (OKAB). The sale will have no material impact on the Stora Enso Group’s financial figures. Stora Enso Consumer Boards serves its customers in the graphical and... more

PIX benchmark prices

per metr. ton a.d. NBSK BHKP US$ US$ 4 July 2006 686.64 640.06 27 June 2006 683.45 639.28 6 June 2006 659.96 638.20 (Source: FOEX Indices Ltd.) ©... more

Caustic soda suppliers

counter price drop

While the second quarter of 2006 saw caustic soda suppliers offering rebates, the market appears to be moving in the reverse direction for the third quarter. Manufacturers report that price levels were observed to rise as early as in May so as to... more

Bong Ljungdahl now

also active in Lithuania

Swedish envelope manufacturer Bong Ljungdahl AB is expanding its activities in Eastern Europe. As part of the increased focus on the Eastern European markets Bong is about to start an overprint activity in Lithuania. The company will be set up in... more

News in brief

UPM has sold the share capital of its head office real estate in Helsinki to the German Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG for approximately €77m. UPM’s head office will continue to occupy the premises under a long-term lease. Swiss Clariant has... more