The 2018 price hike announcement continues the last year's trend which has seen a substantial rise in costs of recycled containerboard and kraftliner.
In a statement, Hamburger Containerboard said prices for brown containerboard, as well as coated and uncoated white-top testliner will be increased by €60/t for orders as of 1 February 2018. The company explained that the price hike was motivated by the currently strong market demand.
With this announcement Hamburger Containerboard joins DS Smith, Smurfit Kappa Group and SCA in ramping up containerboard prices for deliveries in the first quarter 2018.
At the start of January, Svenska Celulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) announced a €60/t price increase for its brown and white-top kraftliner range of products effective 1 February 2018. SCA said market for kraftliner in Europe was very strong with high demand for all kraftliner grades and tight supply.
In 2017, containerboard producers and suppliers had increased their sales prices at several occasions. According to EUWID Pulp and Paper market research, prices for brown recycled containerboard and unbleached kraftliner soared by up to €100 /t and €150/t respectively in major European markets.
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