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. Linerboard prices have already increased, and the impact of the announced price increases in consumer packaging board is expected to be visible mainly in early 2018.
Metsä Board’s paperboard deliveries have grown strongly in 2017. Delivery volumes in October–December are expected to decline slightly compared to the previous quarter, due to the seasonal decline in December. The company aims to improve the average price of Husum’s folding boxboard and increase sales particularly in North America.
The fourth quarter production volume of Metsä Fibre’s new bioproduct mill is expected to be higher than the average three-month production of Äänekoski’s closed-down pulp mill. The bioproduct mill’s impact on Metsä Board’s fourth quarter operating result is expected to be positive.
The annual maintenance shutdown at the Husum integrated mill in October will have a remarkable negative impact on fourth quarter result.
The production costs of paperboards in October–December are expected to remain at the level of the previous quarter.
The positive result impact from the hedging of the US dollar will dilute towards the end of the year.