Corrugated case material became more readily available in Poland during the first quarter.
Converters described supply of all relevant primary fibre and recycled grades as ample and "almost prolific.” Paper mills in the country still report having decent order books but are no longer overbooked. Buyers interviewed by EUWID said that they could easily find substitutes in Europe for kraftliner previously sourced from Russia. Until now, Russia had been Poland’s second-largest provider of kraftliner imports. A variety of scheduled and unscheduled week-long stoppages and maintenance projects at packaging paper machines in Poland have lowered packaging paper output without causing upheaval. This stability left its mark on prices, too.
In April prices for all grades of corrugated case material are in the process of increasing for the first time this year amidst uncertainty and concerns about the outlook on energy and raw material markets, the effects on the paper market and real increases in production facilities’ costs.
⇒ This is an excerpt from EUWID's report on the Polish paper and board market. The complete article will be published in EUWID Packaging Markets 8/2022.