Metsä Fibre in Finland announces Oct. 1 NBSK list price increases for China, to US$720/tonne (commodity grade) and US$730/tonne (reinforcing grade)

LOS ANGELES , September 24, 2013 () – Metsä Fibre Oy in Finland has announced Oct. 1 northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) list price increases for China of US$720/tonne for commodity grade and $730/tonne for Botnia Nordic Strong (reinforcing grade).

These are up $10/tonne from the prices the company announced for Sept. 1.

Several other major bleached softwood kraft pulp (BSKP) producers have announced China/Asia price increases for Oct. 1, led by bleached radiata kraft pulp (BRKP) producer Celulosa Arauco y Constitución SA of Chile early last week, which went up $30/tonne, to $710/tonne, in China. Then NBSK producers Domtar Corp. and Mercer International Inc., and Canfor Pulp LP announced $20/tonne hikes for China (Domtar’s announcement included all of Asia and also included fluff pulp). Also some smaller-scale Canadian NBSK producers were said to have raised their prices in China.

Domtar’s new prices are $730/tonne for NBSK; also it raised its fluff pulp price in China to $680/tonne.

Mercer said its new price for China would be $720/tonne.

Canfor said it was going to $730/tonne in China for its reinforcing-grade pulp.

Domtar, Mercer, and Canfor Pulp also announced $20/tonne hikes for North America, to $970/tonne. And Canfor Pulp said its $20/tonne increase is worldwide, bringing its price in Europe to $900/tonne.

The annual capacity of Metsä Fibre’s four mills, all in Finland is 2.410 million tonnes, according to the company website. This includes 520,000 tonnes of hardwood and softwood pulps at Äänekoski, 670,000 tonnes of softwood pulp at Joutseno, 590,000 tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp at Kemi, and 630,000 tonnes of softwood pulp at Rauma.

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