July 2017 Update
Most publications have reported $100 of linerboard increases over the past year. Pack Trax's assessment is that considerably less than that level has been implemented for the sharpest container buyers. A third increase on linerboard is now more probable as e-commerce continues to influence demand. Q4 will likely represent strong demand for containers in North America and Europe.
Recycled container prices continued to accelerate in Europe and Asia. Medium prices are poised to rise in all regions.
2018 Packaging Material Cost Forecast Update Highlights for Containers
Our 2018 Forecast was completed in June in time for budgeting for next year. We expect that a third increase will partially succeed in Q4 2017 or Q1 2017.