Global demand for high-quality consumer packaging board made from fresh fibre is expected to continue to grow. The increases in capacity made by European producers of folding boxboard have not had a negative impact on price development. Several producers of white fresh fibre linerboards announced price increases in Europe and North America at the beginning of the year. Global demand and supply for long-fibre and short-fibre pulp is expected to remain stable.
Metsä Board's paperboard deliveries in April–June are expected to grow from the previous quarter. The growth is supported by Husum's production of folding boxboard.
A number of maintenance shutdowns will take place at Metsä Board's mills in Finland during the second quarter of the year. The production costs of paperboards will continue to be impacted by the price increase of latex.