Stability is the distinguishing feature of the kraft and sulphite paper market in the second quarter. Order intake as well as order backlogs are satisfactory, demand is rock steady, and no-one can complain about inadequate workloads, say producers. Even though the increases in raw-material prices are no longer assuming the dimensions they used to, high costs are still putting a strain on margins, EUWID was told. It has been heard from a number of manufacturers that under these circumstances mark-ups have been announced for 1 May or 1 June and partly pushed through, too. Most, however, are currently reporting prices at the same level as those in the first quarter of the year.
German market for kraft and sulphite paper remains stable
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