Fastmarkets RISI Viewpoint: North American recycled containerboard prices—the time is right (update)

By Ken Waghorne, VP Global Packaging, Fastmarkets RISI

On August 23, the editorial arm of Fastmarkets RISI published acoverage noteregarding its plan to introduce new assessments of recycled containerboard prices. While adding new containerboard price series will add a new level of complexity for producers and converters, this is also something that other participants in the market have been requesting vigorously for a number of years.

Over the last 20 years, recycled containerboard has provided a substantial amount of the growth in US containerboard production. Recycled's share of the domestic market averaged 27% between 2001 and 2005 but surpassed 35% by ...

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