Activity in Europe’s paper industry remains subdued. In many cases, machines are not running at full capacity, and both the mills' order situation and demand for recovered paper is weak. While these unfavourable market conditions persisted through October, prices for mixed and supermarket paper and board and for old corrugated containers (OCC) took another step up on the French and Italian markets, driven by the Far East export business. Merchants benefitted from strong interest and high-priced offers for these grades from Asian customers.
In Italy, there were also some adjustments for graphic paper for deinking, with the lowest prices being raised somewhat. In both countries, prices for all other recovered paper grades were stable compared with September levels. In France, a few recyclers told EUWID that exports of coloured letters to Asia had resumed after a period without any measurable demand from buyers in the Far East.
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