Higher prices look to be on the cards for recycled containerboard in Germany

Price development for testliner III in Germany
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10 Mar 2020 − 

A reduction in paper supply coupled with an increase in enquiries from China, look set to abet manufacturers' plans to charge more for recycled corrugated case material on the German market.

However, representatives from the corrugated board and packaging industry believe that the current situation is rather short-term in nature and mainly due to several rebuilt- and maintenance-related stoppages. They point to the fact that recovered paper prices are still low and the corrugated board industry’s sales are on decline compared to last year's figures.

Moreover, the effects of coronavirus are impossible to gauge, although insiders tend to expect a further decline in demand for corrugated board. The virus might well mean that China is unable to run its own paper machines and will need to order paper abroad, although this remains speculation.

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

Find the entire report in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue no 11/2020, which will be available to our e-paper and print subscribers as of 11 March.

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