Pulp buyers in Europe hope that
prices will recede from autumn onwards

Price development for bleached softwood kraft
pulp from Canada and Scandinavia
22 Aug 2018 − 

After months of price increases in the pulp segment and a recent stabilisation in prices, first hopes arise that prices might recede in autumn. Producers do not always agree, though.

Business in the European pulp market is still relatively quiet in August. Market players expect prices of hardwood and softwood pulp, which remained largely unchanged month-on-month in July, to move laterally again in the current month.

Some buyers are nursing hopes that prices might recede starting from autumn to the end of the year, for the first time in a long while. They believe that the price trend may see a reversal especially for NBSK pulp.

However, supply remains short and NBSK pulp producers therefore tend to dismiss customers' expectations as wishful thinking.

This article is an excerpt from EUWID's monthly report on the pulp market. Please find the entire article in EUWID Pulp and Paper 34/2018 published on 22 August.

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