Canfor Pulp keeps unchanged its March NBSK list price in North America of US$870/tonne

LOS ANGELES , February 29, 2012 () – Canfor Pulp LP, of Vancouver, British Columbia, is keeping unchanged its March northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) US$870 per tonne price in North America, according to buyer information today.

Since the price is unchanged, Canfor Pulp has not made an official announcement.

Market sources have been saying that they expected producers to hold the February $870/tonne price in March, whether or not they “announce” it, per se.

However, there have been announced bleached softwood kraft pulp (BSKP) price hikes for other major regions.

For Europe, NBSK producer Södra Cell AB of Sweden announced a March list price of $850/tonne, which is essentially up $20/tonne from the February price in Northern Europe. Some other European NBSK producers have reportedly followed this plan. The new price would also close the gap between North America and Europe to $20/tonne, which is considered to be a more traditional difference than the current $40/tonne.

Along with some other Canadian NBSK producers, Canfor Pulp has announced a $20/tonne price hike for Asia. This will bring Canfor Pulp’s list price in China to $710/tonne for its reinforcing-grade NBSK. For Canadian commodity-grade NBSK, the list price will be $700/tonne. Also for China, bleached radiata kraft pulp (BRKP) producers are going up $20/tonne, to $680/tonne (net), and Russia’s Ilim Group is increasing its price by $10/tonne, to $680/tonne (net) CFR port.

Canfor Pulp, of Vancouver, British Columbia, has three mills in Prince George, British Columbia. Two mills produce NBSK exclusively, including 590,000 tonnes/year at the Northwood mill and 320,000 tonnes/year at the Intercontinental mill. The third mill, the Prince George mill, produces 120,000 tonnes/year of UBK, 15,000 tonnes/year of semi-bleached pulp and 135,000 tonnes/year of kraft paper.

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