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France: Publication paper manufacturers expect defensive battle in negotiations

22 Oct 2019 − 

Another round of price cuts for some grades of corrugated case material, recovered paper prices heading lower.

It became apparent in October that upcoming talks on France’s publication paper market would revolve around buyers’ calls for price reductions. Buyers claim that they are facing more-than-sufficient supply, especially of newsprint, and are putting the pinch on prices given the consistent decline in consumption. For their part, sellers are arguing that a considerable amount of magazine paper capacity is being removed. On average, woodfree paper was marginally cheaper in October than it was in September, although many prices stayed the same.

The tenth month of the year also ushered in additional price cuts on France’s corrugated case material market, especially for brown recycled grades and brown kraftliner. A certain amount of pressure was also evident on cartonboard prices, insiders said, noting though that knock-on effects have so far been limited.

This article is an excerpt from EUWID's monthly report on the paper and board markets in France.

Find the EUWID Price Watch France for October in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue no 43/2019, which will be available to our e-paper and print subscribers as of 23 October 2019.

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