After first mark-ups in January, kraftliner prices in the UK have increased again in March. Suppliers benefit from lower kraftliner imports into the UK.
On the kraftliner market in the UK, the absence of American and Russian suppliers is noticeable on the supply side. Although their share of the British market is relatively small compared to the markets in Spain or Italy, the tightening of supplies in those countries has had a bit of a knock-on effect. American suppliers are said to be focusing more on their domestic market, while Russian paper mills are able to sell their kraftliner at high prices to Asia and the Middle East.
Against this backdrop, prices for unbleached kraftliner in the UK rose again in March. White-top kraftliner prices also increased, but to a lesser extent. Kraftliner producers have already informed their customers that they want to lift the prices for all grades again in the near future.
This article is an excerpt from EUWID's monthly report on the paper market in the UK.
Find the EUWID Price Watch UK for March in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue no 12/2021, which will be available to our e-paper and print subscribers as of 24 March.