October 2019 Update
Containerboard prices are stable in North America. Capacity utilization had been quite soft in Q2 but have improved over the past 3-4 months. However, capacity operating rates are about 6% below 2018 levels on new capacity and slowing economic growth.
Kraft liner and testliner prices have softened in Europe.
Top liner and kraft liner prices have moved up by 2% to 2.5% in China on stronger recycled paper prices in the area.
2020 Packaging Material Cost Forecast Update Highlights for Containers
Our 2020 Forecast was completed in June in time for budgeting for this year.
Pack Trax reports were the first to report the recent decline in virgin linerboard prices in North America