Greif and Sonoco recently announced price increases for uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) products.

Delaware, Ohio based Greif, Inc. said it will implement a $50 to $70 per short ton increase for all grades of URB products effective with new orders and shipments on and after July 8.

Greif said the rate hike is in response to increased raw material, energy, labor, and transportation, as well as increasing demand for URB.

Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco said it would implement a $70/ton price increase for all grades of URB in the United States and Canada, with shipments beginning July 10. This price action is necessary to offset increased input costs, the company said.

International Paper, Cascades, Pratt Industries, Packaging Corporation of America and WestRock implemented linerboard price hikes that have been in effect since January 1 this year.

The IP, WestRock, and Cascades increases are $70 per ton on linerboard and $110 per ton on corrugating medium. PCA’s increase is $70 per ton on linerboard and $100 per ton for medium. Pratt’s increase is $75 per ton on linerboard and $110 per ton on medium.

These producers represent nearly 70 percent of North American containerboard capacity, according to Fastmarkets.com.

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