Italy reports more quiet paper and board business in June

Companies active on Italy’s paper and cartonboard markets are seeing a widespread market easing at the start of summer.  The paper industry is not necessarily in a laid-back mood about what is going on since prices for natural gas, recovered paper and pulp have risen once again in June.

Suppliers and buyers described a turning point given the prevailing state of affairs in many parts of the Italian market. Demand has cooled in many areas, and much more abundant supply is making buyers upbeat. Prices are no longer on an upward trajectory and are even pointing lower in the first segments, e.g. in the corrugated case material market. For the first time in over a year, buyers can talk to their suppliers about prices again without having to dig deeper into their pockets and can put forward their own ideas when negotiating contracts.