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Producers raise pulp prices for Europe


June 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Mercer International Inc., Canfor Pulp LP, and Finland’s Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab have separately announced that the…

Mercer International Inc., Canfor Pulp LP, and Finland’s Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab have separately announced that their June 1 list prices in Europe for northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp will be US$630 per tonne.

This price is up $30/tonne from the May 1 list price.

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Their moves follow the $630/tonne announcement yesterday by Sweden’s Södra Cell AB, which was the first from a European producer and provided support for previous announcements by Canadian NBSK producers Domtar Corp. and West Fraser Timber Co.

Though Mercer, which produces NBSK exclusively, is based in Vancouver, it has major operations in Germany, where its Rosenthal and Stendal mills have respective capacities of 310,000 tonnes/year and 600,000 tonnes/year. Its mill in Castlegar, B.C., has a capacity of 470,000 tonnes/year.

Vancouver-based Canfor Pulp markets 1.6 million tonnes of pulp, most of which is NBSK. The mix also includes 120,000 tonnes/year of unbleached kraft pulp (UKP) and 215,000 tonnes/year of bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP).

Botnia’s capacity in Europe is about 2.3 million tonnes/year of softwood and hardwood pulps; this figure accounts for the closure in March of its 450,000 tonnes/year mill in Kaskinen, Finland. The company is reportedly planning downtime at its remaining Finnish mills during the coming summer months. Botnia also owns a 1 million tonnes/year bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) mill in Fray Bentos, Uruguay.


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