Unlike their counterparts in Germany and France, recycled corrugated case material prices in Italy are heading higher in April
Recycled corrugated case material now costs more in Italy. Buyers and sellers reported mark-ups for deliveries of both brown grades and white-top testliner in April. Italy thus seems to have made the first move once again. Manufacturers have so far been unable to raise their prices in a few other European markets, such as France and Germany, in April. EUWID research found that these price discussions have been pushed back to May for now.
Paper producers are reporting that business is good on Italy’s recycled corrugated case material. The corrugated board and packaging industry in Italy had been busy in recent months and had ordered a lot of paper.
In addition, strong demand from traditional export markets in North Africa and the Middle East had reportedly sparked rising sales and guaranteed constantly high capacity utilisation. The continued weakness of the euro against the US dollar and low prices had fostered demand for Italian recycled containerboard among foreign buyers, insiders noted. Healthy demand from within Italy and abroad had gradually run down paper mills’ inventories in the first quarter, leaving them at a low level now, paper producers explained.