Market players report reduced newsprint and magazine paper supply across Europe amid rising prices and low availability of deinking and medium recovered paper grades.
Against this background market players on the publication paper markets in Germany and Italy started charging more for deliveries as of April. The price hikes reportedly apply for spot volumes, new contracts, and additional volumes requested outside of existing supply agreements. Supply contracts bearing prices fixed until the end of June or December are not affected.
Manufacturers are now waiting for more contracts to expire at the end of the first half-year in order to implement additional price hikes and catch up with rising input costs. So far they announced price hikes of up to 80€/t for newsprint and €70/t for magazine paper with effect from June or July.
Paper suppliers expect the recent announcement of capacity curtailment at Stora Enso to lend support to their pricing plans.
This article is a part of EUWID Pulp and Paper's latest report on the publication paper markets in Italy and Germany.
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