COVERAGE NOTE: Proposed changes to Russian Containerboard Coverage

BRUSSELS, Jan. 11, 2018 ( PPI Europe ) – After conducting a market consultation regarding its Russian containerboard price coverage, Fastmarkets RISI proposes to tighten up the assessment specifications for the following containerboard grades, with effect from Q2 2018.

  • Prices for testliner 2, 125-g, will reflect locally-produced and imported linerboard made predominantly from recycled fiber and having a burst index of ≥ 2.2 (ISO 2758) or SCT-CD index of ≥ 15.5 (ISO 9895).
  • Prices for recycled fluting, 112-g, will reflect locally-produced and imported paper made predominantly from recycled fiber and having a CMT-30 index of ≥ 2.2 (ISO 7263) or SCT-CD index of ≥ 15.0 (ISO 9895).
  • Prices for unbleached kraftliner, 125-g will reflect locally-produced and imported linerboard made predominantly from virgin kraft pulp.
  • Prices for semi-chemical fluting,112-g, will reflect locally-produced and imported paper made predominantly from semi-chemical primary fibers pulp.

These definitions are based on grade specifications published by the European industry association of producers of corrugated case materials CEPI Containerboard.

As part of this consultation, Fastmarkets RISI would like to hear feedback on the proposed changes from industry participants. Please send your comments and queries to pricing@risi.com by Feb. 9. A final decision will be published shortly thereafter.

Fastmarkets RISI will continue to publish the Russian containerboard Price Watch on a quarterly basis for the time being. Fastmarkets RISI will continue to monitor the situation and will consider increasing the frequency of the report as and when market dynamics warrant this.

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