Many buyers and converters see no room for additional price hikes for testliner and recycled corrugating medium in Germany.
A major supplier of recycled corrugated case material (RCCM) has announced an increase of €60/t for brown RCCM grades effective from 1 January 2018. Many market players in Germany said they were not surprised by the announcement as paper mills had repeatedly hinted at the possibility of further price hikes in recent weeks. However, several EUWID respondents also believed that a hike was rather unlikely due to the recent drop in recovered paper prices.
Availability of packaging paper was the big topic on the market in November and the beginning of December, at least among a section of EUWID respondents. Several converters explained that recycled containerboard did not pose a problem but confirmed that additional orders could invite a surcharge. Overall, however, paper was readily available, they reiterated.
This article is an excerpt from EUWID's November market and price report on the recycled corrugated case material market in Germany. The EUWID Price Watch Germany November 2017 is published in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue 49/2017.
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