Germany's uncoated woodfree papermakers seek to maintain Q2 price hikes during seasonally slow Northern summer months
July 10, 2012
(Industry Intelligence Inc.)
– During the seasonally slow Northern summer months, Germany’s uncoated woodfree (UWF) papermakers hope to hold on to the price increases they achieved during the second quarter, EUWID-Paper reported on July 10.
Copy paper and offset paper business is comparatively stable, but, reflecting seasonal slowness, orders backlogs have fallen in recent weeks.
The extent to which producers will react with market-related shuts is not known.
UWF paper manufacturers have been suffering from their costs of production. Market experts told EUWID that manufacturers had fought too hard to raise prices in the first place. But in the process, they particularly managed to bring up lower-end prices.
A few producers found it necessary to offer attractive prices to secure large orders, the experts said. But they said the few discounts that papermakers have agreed to for July/August deliveries will be the exceptions and will not influence overall pricing.
Meanwhile, wholesalers have been gradually passing on the increases to end-customers.
The primary source of this article is EUWID-Paper, Gernsbach, Germany, on July 10, 2012.