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Kraft paper producers in North America have announced a $60/ton price hike for April 1. In Europe, Mondi (EUR 60/metric ton) and Nordic Paper (EUR 40-50 per metric ton) have announced price hikes effective April 1, according to Wilde. This is the result of an up-tick in demand and capacity closures (West Fraser's Eurocan mill in Kitimat, B.C., UPM, Mondi, and Altri's mill closures since 2007). Sack converters have announced price increases on finished sacks to pass thru the paper increase. List prices for both sack and grocery bag grades remained flat in February. Alternative sources are emerging. Abitibi's newsprint mill in Coosa Pines, Ala., USA, is reportedly producing kraft bag paper. In addition, White Birch plans to produce bleached or semi-bleached bag paper at its Newberg, Ore., USA, mill, Wilde notes.


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