The German paper and board market: prices for coreboard still on upward trajectory

Weak consumption shakes corrugated case material segment

Producers of recycled corrugated case material have announced price increases, but falling recovered paper prices and poor demand in September have put paper producers in a weak negotiating position. Fundamental aspects of the market for sack kraft paper saw little change in the third quarter. The cartonboard and folding box market in Germany is also suffering from the current weakness in consumer climate. Only demand for greyboard seems to be high. Core and coreboard became more expensive in the third quarter, with the price trend continuing to point higher for the final quarter of the year, too. Prices of ordinary RCP grades already fell significantly in August and now even larger reductions are being reported for September....

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