Paper mills are taking up position for talks to thrash out newsprint prices in 2024.
Germany’s newsprint market has become more stable in recent weeks. As a rule, paper mills are not disappointed with ordering by newspaper publishers and commercial printers. Their order books were decently full in both October and November, something that insiders tied to printers having run down their paper stocks and seasonal effects. Business is returning to normal again, which might also help to make price talks a little calmer, too, sources added.
Bearing this in mind, quite a few experts are seeing signs of stabilisation: companies did not have to fear any drastic falls in demand beyond the structural downturn for the time being. Others are sceptical about market developments and ongoing industry consolidation. Market players were carrying forward noticeable uncertainty into the new year. The short-term nature of business and changes in the advertising landscape were making it hard for companies to plan.
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