January 2018 Update
Boxboard prices were stable in December in all regions but there is considerable volatility in Asia after a sharp run-up in Q3. We expect price increases in Q1 in Europe and Asia.
Recycled boxboard supply continues to be rationalized in Europe and North America. This is tightening a relatively soft market.
Input costs for recycled boxboard has been volatile because of restrictions on mixed paper imports to China.
2018 Packaging Material Forecast Highlights for Folding Cartons
SBS demand and prices have been fairly stable but supply is being reduced to balance markets.
CRB Boxboard is experiencing upward pricing in all geographies because of recycled paper input costs. This is most pronounced in Asia.