Paper prices rising by 5 per cent

The prices of selected uncoated woodfree copy and printing papers at Australian Paper will rise by three to five per cent from today, as general manager Andrew Menck says pressure on key input costs have triggered the decision.

Menck says, “Australian Paper regularly reviews all components of our manufacturing and supply chain processes to ensure that we continue to provide our customers with superior service, high quality locally made products and market competitive pricing.

“Following a sustained period of upward pressure on a number of our key input costs including energy, transport, logistics, and raw materials, we have notified our customers of the decision to implement a market wide price increase on selected uncoated woodfree copy and printing papers.

“We remain committed to continuing to offer a full range of premium products to the Australian market backed by a high level of service to our customers. Australian Paper greatly values the market’s support for our local paper manufacturing operations and we will work closely with our customers as we implement these necessary increases.”

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Australian Paper says it contributes more than $900m to Australia’s GDP annually and its Maryvale Mill is also one of the largest employers in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

Earlier this year, Spicers upped paper price up to 8 per cent due to rises by global competition in Europe and Asia.

Australian Paper is owned by Nippon Paper Industries, and is Australia’s only local manufacturer of pulp, paper and packaging. 

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