Semi-chemical fluting market in Germany is expected to tighten even more on coming production downtime at different paper mills.
Price hikes for semi-chemical fluting were implemented in February and/or March. Even though paper manufacturers did not manage to push through the envisaged price increase of40 €/t, market experts do not expect prices to increase again in April. A second price step would increase the price differential to recycled corrugating medium inordinately and encourage substitution in favour of recycled grades, they said.
Demand for semi-chemical fluting is reportedly high and supply is tight in Germany because of the ongoing fruit season in southern Europe. The order backlog of manufacturers is said to be at least 40 days.