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23 June 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Testliner, a product commonly used in the packaging industry, has seen a price drop of 4 per cent in Europe over the past two months.
Data from Mintec shows that this follows an “almost constant upward trend” since February 2013. Testliner is made of recycled paper and is used during the manufacture of corrugated paperboard.
The price of 140 grammes – 150 grammes of brown testliner in Europe is currently €461 (£367) per tonne. But in January 2013 it was €419 (£334) per tonne, the lowest point in the past 20 months.
In February 2013 the price was €420 (£335) per tonne, and in April 2014 it was €475 (£378) per tonne. The peak price was €480 (£383) in December 2013 through to February 2014.
“While demand has remained stable, the fall in prices has mainly been due to an oversupply in the market and lower feedstock prices,” said Mintec. “Feedstock prices declined due to reduced demand from Asia. Furthermore, greater supply from Asia into Africa and the Middle East, has increased competition and resulted in less attractive European imports into the region.”
Mintec predicted the price will drop further as buyers increase pressure on suppliers to reduce the price, as they are aware of an oversupplied market.