Tuesday, July 10, 2012: Pulp market has weakened and wood costs for many European pulp mills have fallen the past six months. In the Nordic countries, pulplog and wood chip prices have fallen 11-15 percent from last spring, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Despite the price decline, Europe continues to have some of the highest wood fiber costs in the world.
Wood fiber costs for pulp mills fell in practically all major markets of Europe in the 1Q/12 because of weaker pulp markets in late 2011 and early 2012. Last year, wood costs in many countries on the continent, including Sweden, Norway, France, Austria, Germany and Spain, reached record highs, but in all those markets, prices for pulplog and wood chips are now substantially lower, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.Wolf Colony