SOURCE: Forestweb

July 19, 2007 06:00 ET

Forestweb July Price Indices for Pulp, Packaging, and Printing/Writing Papers Released

Pulp Prices Rise; Packaging and Communication Papers Prices Steady; Publishing Papers Prices Rise

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - Forestweb announced July 17, the release of its July Pulp & Paper Price Indices. The closely watched pulp index moved upward 1.85% from June 2007, reaching nearly 10.19% above year-ago July 2006, and 5.65% above January 2007. Indices reflect the success of North American pulp producers in raising July prices by $20/tonne to a list of $830/tonne at the beginning of the month. U.S. southern pine pulp producers also showed gains.

The Packaging Papers Index held steady in July after rising for the first time in 2007 in June. The index sits at 1.07% higher than year-ago 2006 and up .36% for 2007. Prices remained unchanged for coated and uncoated recycled paperboard, solid bleached sulfate (SBS) board and containerboard after producers partially implemented earlier increases for recycled grades. Producers have announced a new round of increases for SBS board and for containerboard.

Printing/writing papers showed a 1.38% month-to-month gain in the Publishing Papers Index, ending 13 consecutive months of falling prices. The index reflects price increases for coated mechanical and freesheet papers offsetting lower prices for newsprint and some uncoated mechanical grades. The Communication Papers Index held steady in July after earlier implementation of price hikes for cutsize xerographic paper.

Developed by Forestweb, the North American Pulp & Paper Price Indices represent a statistical measure of a weighted average for each grade and summarizes the relative changes in price levels over time.

Forestweb indices are available to Forestweb clients, clients of Bloomberg, and interested individuals. To be included in the free monthly email distribution, individuals can register at

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