COVERAGE NOTE: Changes to Asian Graphic Paper Assessments

SINGAPORE, Jan. 19, 2018 (PPI Asia, APPM) – Fastmarkets RISI has expanded its Asian graphic paper coverage in PPI Asia and Asian Pulp and Paper Monitor (APPM) from January 2018, as previously announced.

From this month, Fastmarkets RISI has:

  • Increased the frequency of PPI Asia Southeast Asia price assessments for uncoated and coated woodfree paper from quarterly to monthly.
  • Added coverage of these series in APPM.

At the same time, Fastmarkets RISI has altered the definition of its Southeast Asia packaging assessments to remove the reference to Hong Kong, as these grades are not actively traded there. This is an immaterial change that should not affect assessment levels.

The changes follow an extensive market consultation process regarding the coverage of fine paper and packaging grades in APPM and PPI Asia. From March, APPM will discontinue Hong Kong price assessments for uncoated and coated woodfree sheets with effect from March 31, 2018. APPM will also discontinue China price coverage for uncoated and coated woodfree paper. It will replace this with East China prices based on PPI Asia assessments for East China uncoated and coated woodfree paper.

For more detailed information on the proposed changes, please see Fastmarkets RISI’s support guide on Asian Graphic Paper.

For Fastmarkets RISI’s methodology on Asian Graphic Paper, please see here.

If you have questions about these proposed changes, please email pricing@risi.com.

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