Recent figures have revealed that Europe’s plup manufactures have the most expensive hardwood fiber production costs in the world. So what is the cause? Well, a number of factors are at work: firstly the wet and mild winter of 2017. Secondly, as a result, the cost of importing chips.

While there will always be winners and losers in production costs, for example Spain at the top end and Sweden at the lower end, the overall picture is one of spiralling costs.

The same is true of softwood chips and pulpwood, Finland the most expensive while Norway’s prices are lower.

From a downward price trend over the past five years, the end of 2017 saw prices rise.


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