European and North American pulp prices decline – During the first quarter of 2023, one important market trend we witnessed was the continued decline of North American and European pulp prices.

Together with Fisher International, I-Plan, and Valmet Automation, Tietoevry conducted a global market study among the tissue industry in June–October 2022.

Containerboard demand took the Pulp and Paper industry by storm in 2020 and 2021. Various factors from increased sustainability initiatives to a booming e-commerce sector thanks to pandemic lockdowns fueled the need for mills to continuously up its containerboard capacity.

On January 1, 2022, the Paperworkers’ Union’s strike begun at most of UPM’s Finnish mills. Nearly 2,000 members of the union went on strike, which lasted almost four months until an agreement was reached on April 22.

Cartonboard has experienced significant growth over the last couple of years. It currently makes up about 17% of the global paper and board market – the second leading grade behind containerboard.

With so much activity that has occurred in the pulp and paper industry over the last quarter, it’s difficult to keep up with some of the major developments that could impact various segments across the industry.

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