Magazine paper producers would like to see prices in Germany rise in the second half of the year. They are trying to pave the way for hikes by taking downtime.
Market players on the German magazine paper market have their eyes set on the second half of the year and producers are thinking about raising prices. Paper mills feel that mark-ups are unavoidable due to inadequate prices for uncoated and, above all, coated magazine paper and catalogue paper at present. The question was not whether but only when prices would edge higher, they say.
Preparations appear to be widely under way. Paper mills are reacting to the slump in demand by taking downtime, an unusually large number of such actions are in the works for May and June. Paper industry representatives are not tiring of emphasising that mill and machine closures were having an impact on the market.
Insiders are also wildly speculating about additional downtime in the LWC sector. Further shutdowns appear inevitable amid the prevailing supply surplus and forecasts of another decline in demand, above all for LWC. "We have to sort out capacity," market experts remarked.