The greatest concern in the fine paper industry seems to be the question of costs and margins. Uncoated woodfree paper suppliers are trying to solve these problems with higher sales prices and a few have recently taken the step of announcing price hikes.
There is no increase in French uncoated woodfree paper (UWF) prices in April. Producers are still trying to hike their prices to compensate for higher raw material and production costs. However, not all producers seem to be on board with the planned price increase yet.
In addition, manufacturers seem to be taking very different approaches to implementing the announced mark-ups in France. Market insiders report that serious attempts are being made to raise prices in some cases. Several buyers say they have not yet been presented with any real demands for higher prices.
There were isolated cases of upward price movement for copy paper in April. Nevertheless, EUWID respondents report that cut-size prices in April were generally no different from those in March.
UWF producers say that their order books are currently relatively full in France and in Western Europe in general. Order backlogs stretch to 4-6 weeks, but demand has faded a bit in some cases during April, it is learnt.
⇒ This article is an excerpt from EUWID's monthly report on the French paper market. The entire article including the EUWID Price Watch France for April will be published in the next issue of EUWID Pulp and Paper coming out on 25 April.
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