German prices for standard 45g newsprint did not increase as much for most producers as they had wanted, which was to reach €500/tonne and higher; newsprint demand currently satisfactory, with mixed outlook
May 6, 2014
(Industry Intelligence Inc.)
– Supply contract negotations in Germany did not go as planned for newsprint producers as they were unable to reach their goal to raise prices for 45-gram newsprint by €500 (US$696) per tonne, reported Euwid on May 6.
Current demand for newsprint is satisfactory but not expected to improve despite future events with politics and sports that tend to boost newspaper readership, according to market observers.
However, manufacturers are said to be pleased with the level of current orders for the job printing business and expect volumes to continue to grow, especially in Central Europe, Euwid reported.
The result of 2014 newsprint contract talks has resulted in a standard newsprint price increase for full-year contacts, but contracts lasting only through first-half 2014 keep prices unchanged from second-half 2013.
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