The mood on the market for lightweight white and brown kraft papers (40 g) in Germany is still good despite a deteriorating economic outlook, declining consumer sentiment and rising inflation.
At the time of the EUWID market research in mid-October, buyers said they were seeing demand primarily from the food retail sector, especially discounters. Paper producers also reported well-filled order books. Nevertheless, fears about the winter and the threat of a recession are hanging over the market.
The third quarter was generally positive, producers told EUWID. Business in the summer months was "extremely good” and converters had demand for paper, they said. But pressure that had been building for both grades at the end of June and had resulted in fully booked paper machines and long delivery times started to taper off during the third quarter. The market was becoming more normal again, respondents said.
Buyers of lightweight kraft paper drew more mixed conclusions about the third quarter.
⇒ This is an excerpt from EUWID's report on the German lightweight kraft paper market. The complete article will be published in EUWID Packaging Markets 23/2022