British recovered paper market: prices for woodfree grades continue to tumble

Monsoon sparks short-lived spike in demand for ordinary grades


August was a mixed month for the British recovered paper market. Generally subdued demand and very low collection volumes continue to make themselves felt. Arisings are traditionally at their lowest in August, but collection levels now stand 30 per cent below what would be typical even for this weak collection month, something that an expert described as "shocking".

A few market players feel that extremely low recovered paper arisings are the sole reason why prices are still relatively high. Paper manufacturers do not want to risk being left high and dry because they implemented price cuts that were excessive. On the other hand, a slight improvement in demand quickly leads to rising prices....

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