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 kraftliners in local currencies are expected to rise as a result of the price increases announced in 2017. 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 January–March are expected to grow from the previous quarter. No significant maintenance shutdowns will take place during 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 in at least the first half of the year.
The rainy and mild weather in last autumn and early winter has made the situation in the wood supply tougher. For now, the weaker availability of wood has not led to production curtailments at Metsä Board.
Production costs in 2018 are expected to rise from the previous year. Wood prices are expected to increase, particularly in Sweden and the Baltic countries. In addition, the general cost inflation has accelerated slightly.