FINANCIAL ANALYSTS: Paperboard – Graphic Packaging hikes CUK by $50 – SBS next? [VRP]

excerpt from Vertical Research Partners

GPK Announces Price Increase in CUK – We learned from trade publisher RISI last night that Graphic Packaging announced a $50 per ton price increase for coated unbleached kraft (CUK) paperboard, effective on February 11th. This unbleached virgin grade is widely used in beverage packaging and folding carton applications. The CUK market in the US is effectively controlled by two companies, GPK (roughly two-thirds of production) and WestRock (one-third). We believe WRK likely will also consider raising prices as well, assuming it is seeing the same market dynamics as GPK. Given that this would be the ...

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