Germany’s recovered paper market is quite calm at the moment. Supply and demand are balanced, at least for the mass grades. Market players thus anticipate largely stable prices for mixed paper and board and supermarket paper and board in June. That being said, peak prices have reportedly been eliminated in a few instances.
Medium and high grades remain under severe pressure, though, because sales are so difficult. Substantial price cuts are thought to be on the cards for these grades in June. The market was already similarly divided in May, with prices for lower and for medium and high grades moving into different directions.
Paper industry association figures indicate that the recovered paper consumption in German mills was only slightly higher than 5.0 million tonnes in the first four months of this year. This was almost 18 per cent less than in the same period last year.
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