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Hardwood pulp prices continue upward trend


Price development for eucalyptus pulp
from South America
09 Dec 2014 − 

Early December revealed that many market players were right about the forecasts they had made at the end of November for monthly contracts in Europe: Hardwood pulp prices continued to increase this month.

Hardwood pulp prices are pointing upwards again in December. Ever since the trend has reversed on the hardwood pulp market at the end of the third quarter, suppliers are doing whatever it takes to defend the gains. Buyers "ran into a wall" again in November when trying to keep prices of bleached hardwood pulp at least unchanged, a EUWID respondent reported.

Surveyed hardwood pulp suppliers see opportunities to continue the rate of increase in December. They expect support from the announcement of higher prices in January. The market leader and at least two other pulp manufacturers announced by the end of the first week of December that they are aiming to increase prices in Europe. The hike is also to apply to North America and Asia.

This article is an excerpt from EUWID's report on the pulp market.

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