In the first six months of 2017, coreboard deliveries in Europe grew by 3%.
The European Core Board Association (ECBA) reports that the plants were working to capacity, and even necessary maintenance and repair work had to be postponed until this summer. Stocks were run down to a historical low, the association added.
Coreboard producers report that the order intake for July and August deliveries was very high, due to genuine additional demand.
Converters confirm that coreboard is currently hardly available. Capacity utilisation is reported to be very good and at a high level.
Producers even had to produce on bank holidays in May and June, ECBA says.
The good development seen in the first six months of 2017 seems to continue at the beginning of the second half of this year, reports the industry association.