Despite all of manufacturers' hopes and best efforts, negotiations with customers about "terms and conditions" for newsprint deliveries in the first half of 2014 will have to be continued in February.
January did not bring an end to price negotiations on Italy's newsprint market. A large number of contracts for newsprint deliveries in the first quarter / first half of the year were already signed and sealed, sources in Italy noted. However, discussions between paper suppliers and customers about the important and trend-setting deals - in terms of volumes and pricing- were still going on in the last week of January.
Information at hand indicates a clear trend towards higher prices for both standard and improved newsprint in Italy, even though mark-ups for improved grades show a little more modest increase than standard grades.
Paper producers were not disappointed with how contract negotiations had gone to date. A few suppliers told EUWID that they had succeeded in lifting many low prices above the €500/t mark. In addition, the drop in volumes sold to publishers was also apparently less pronounced than many insiders had feared.