Label paper suppliers were able to increase prices for 2019 in Germany after long-term contracts prevented them from handing on higher pulp costs to their customers in 2018.
Producers of label paper operating on the German market experienced a difficult year in 2018. Since contracts for label paper were traditionally fixed for a long term – usually up to one year – producers were unable to pass on additional pulp costs to their customers.
However, they announced price increases for January 2019 as early as in September 2018 – and managed to implement the majority of their demands. There were also reports of many more quarterly or half-yearly contracts. Many, but not all of the one-year contracts signed for this year feature price adjustment clauses.
This article is an excerpt from EUWID's report on the paper markets in Germany.
Find the EUWID Price Watch Label Paper for Q4 2018 in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue no 07/2019, which will be available to our e-paper and print subscribers as of 13 January.
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