According to Euwid, demand continues to be outstripping supply in the pulp market in March. The situation for hardwood and softwood pulp is equally strained, insiders told Euwid.
But producers are unable to deliver additional pulp. Shipments of contractual volumes are regularly curtailed. Maintenance stoppages in Scandinavia and South America that were postponed from last year because of the pandemic are playing a key role in this scarcity, according to Euwid.
Insiders told Euwid that sourcing process chemicals is an additional problem for paper mills at the moment. Over the next few weeks, it might become so bad that paper machines will have to shut down.