Publication paper prices down in Poland amid buyer pressure, abundant supply, despite newsprint producers' attempt to raise price by 5%; some SC, LWC suppliers willing to lower prices to keep machines running

LOS ANGELES , February 5, 2013 () – Prices for publication papers, including newsprint, supercalendered (SC) and lightweight coated (LWC) papers, fell in Poland amid buyer pressure, Euwid reported Feb. 5.

Suppliers of magazine paper failed to implement price increases in Poland, citing strong pressure from customers, as the prices of SC and LWC grades fell in instances where contracts were not changed from last year’s levels, sources reported.

Moreover, a number of companies were willing to lower prices to keep their machines operating.

Most contract negotiations were completed by the end of January, with talks continuing in a few cases, Euwid reported.

Newsprint manufacturers reported contract price cuts despite proposing a markup of 5% or €25-€30 per tonne in the most recent round of negotiations. But buyers called for lower prices amid an abundant newsprint supply, according to market insiders.

Some of the newsprint contracts have closed as early as the end of December, indicating more advanced talks than those in Germany, Euwid reported.

The primary source of this article is Euwid, Gernsbach, Germany, on Feb. 5, 2013.

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