NewPage announces July 1 mechanical paper grades increases for U.S. and Canada of US$/C$50/ton for supercalendered grades, US$/C$40/ton for coated grades

LOS ANGELES , May 2, 2013 () – NewPage Corp. has announced US$/C$40-US$/C$50/ton (US$/C$2.00-US$/C$2.50/cwt) list price increases for the U.S. and Canada for mechanical paper grades, effective with July 1 shipments.

NewPage made the announcement on May 1.

The $50/ton increase applies to supercalendered (SC) and the $40/ton hike applies to coated mechanical grades.

New Page said the following brands are affected:

• Voyager web, Superior Gloss web ($50/ton)

• Capri web, Consoweb web ($40/ton)

The company said the increases apply to all basis weights, finishes, and all related private label grades.

Several other producers have announced July 1 increase plans. On April 25, Irving Paper announced a $50/ton increase for North America for its SC grades. On May 1, UPM-Kymmene North America announced $40-$60/ton July 1 hikes for its No. 5 coated groundwood and SC grades. On May 2, Verso Paper Corp. announced a July 1 $40/ton transaction price increase for the U.S. for certain of its coated groundwood (CGW) grades. Also on May 2, Catalyst Paper Corp. announced SC paper price increases for the U.S. and Canada, up $50/ton in the U.S. and C$55/tonne in Canada.

NewPage, based in Miamisburg, Ohio, operates paper mills located in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a total capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons/year, according to the company’s website.

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