Growth in the demand for high-quality consumer packaging paperboard made from fresh fibre is expected to continue in market areas important for Metsä Board. The market prices of folding boxboard and white kraftliner in local currencies are expected to remain stable or to rise slightly. Metsä Board aims to further improve the average price of Husum’s folding boxboard and increase sales in North America. Metsä Board’s paperboard deliveries in April–June are expected to grow slightly from the previous quarter. Several maintenance shutdowns are set to take place at Finnish mills in the second quarter, including two mills of associated company Metsä Fibre, which will burden the result compared to the first quarter. The weakening of the US dollar against the euro, including the impact of hedges, will have a negative effect on the operating result at least until the end of third quarter. Production costs in 2018 are expected to rise from the previous year. In addition, general cost inflation has accelerated slightly.