The Polish kraftliner market

The Polish market for unbleached kraftliner was facing destabilizing effects in September. Firstly from demand, which similarly to that for recycled corrugated case material had not picked up sufficiently after the summer, and secondly from the ongoing volume inflows from countries outside of Western and Northern Europe. Converters had increasingly been turning to supplies from Russia and North America in recent months, and Russia had been particularly active on the Polish market, insiders said. During the last market survey, paper producers were still expecting supplies of kraftliner to "tighten up”, but now they have realised that the production stoppages in Europe were not able to counter the oversupply. In addition to the excess supply, there was weakening in the fruit and vegetable packaging business. This was due to a decline in harvests as a result of unfavourable weather conditions this past summer as well as Russia’s import ban, which was imposed in connection with the EHEC (E. coli) outbreak in Europe, and lasted until late July. Furthermore, packaging manufacturers also argued that corrugated packaging in this sector was increasingly being substituted by plastic crates.

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