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Paper Market Update December 2018

December 13, 2018

Mill order lead times have decreased for most grades of paper as we near the end of 2018. As mentioned last month, the price elasticity of supply is sensitive, so expect paper producers to either shutter capacity or convert to profitable alternatives rather than to endure significant price erosion in 2019. With fewer paper grade and basis weight options available, the risk of supply is higher and mid-stream grade, brand, and basis weight changes are increasingly difficult. The key to competitive paper pricing is lowering the total cost of the supply chain. Quad’s Paper Services group will ensure that you’re with the right mill, for the right product, and for the right location.