Linerboard: North American producers upgrading white top mills to improve quality, cut costs

OAKLAND, CA, Oct. 27, 2017 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -North American containerboard producers are targeting more capital spending to increase capacity, improve product quality, and reduce cost of their mills supplying the white top linerboard market.

The high margin 2.2-million ton/yr North American white top market is dominated by three major producers (WestRock, International Paper, and Georgia-Pacific) and has been fairly static in recent years despite facing a changing retail environment and more competition from imports.

"The increased spending is a good thing to improve the competitiveness of North American suppliers," one contact said.

Three upgrades planned.The most dramatic recent move was ...

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