Signs of an improvement in demand for pulp, at least in some sectors, and reduced supply due to maintenance stoppages, will keep pulp prices stable in August, experts talking to EUWID expect.
The European pulp market was seasonally quiet at the end of August. Hardwood and softwood pulp prices had been kept the same in July, and a great deal suggests that this will be the case in August, too.
In late August the majority of market players were a little more optimistic about the future than they had been in recent weeks. A slight recovery in demand was evident from a few segments within the paper industry, for instance for decor paper and certain speciality paper grades. Moreover, incoming orders for graphic paper have strengthened again. Sources also told EUWID that less pulp from integrated paper mills was now arriving on the market.
At the same time, maintenance-related stoppages at South American and Scandinavian pulp mills, which had been delayed to the autumn because of Covid-19, will be trimming pulp supply.
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