In the middle of March, another round of price hikes for all kraftliner grades was announced on the German market.
Some companies justified these by pointing to the good demand and the need to compensate for high costs. Other companies said the move was necessary to maintain the price gap to recycled corrugated case material, for which increases have also been announced. According to the EUWID market survey, hikes were announced for brown kraftliner and semi-chemical fluting as well as white-top kraftliner. This measure came at a time when availability of all grades was once again being described as adequate and converters had been speculating on price reductions. The negotiations had not yet started, so at the time of the EUWID market survey in mid-March it was unclear to what extent the potential adjustments would be implemented.
⇒ This is an excerpt from EUWID's report on the German paper and board market. The complete report will be published in EUWID Packaging Markets 7/2022.