Pulp, paper chemicals prices on the rise

• BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, said it has been driven by continued increases in the cost of key raw materials, transportation and energy, as well as the restricted availability of selected raw materials, to increase prices for paper wet-end and water chemicals in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), as of October 1, 2018 or as existing contracts allow to compensate those increased costs.

BASF will implement a minimum price increase for: Cationic polyacrylamides +8%; anionic polyacrylamides +7%; polyamines, polydadmac +8%; polymeric sizing agents +4%; polyvinylamines +5%; polyethyleneimines +5%; scale and foam control +5%; dyes – product-specific. www.basf.com/paper; www.basf.com/water

• Omya, Oftringen, Switzerland, said it will significantly increase prices for its calcium carbonate products globally, as of Jan 1, 2019 or as customer contracts allow.

For example, in the US and Canada, the increase will be 7 – 9% depending on the grade. Omya has been facing significant cost pressures from escalating raw material, chemical, energy, transportation costs and over-all inflation across all regions in 2018, which is expected to continue. Omya Sales Teams will contact customers with further details regarding pricing, depending upon specific product grades, packaging types and delivery terms. www.omya.com.

• As of Sept 1, Philadelphia, PA-based PeroxyChem increased pricing for all grades of hydrogen peroxide in the EMEA region. The increase ranged between €60 and €120 per tonne across Europe and the export markets. The company blamed accelerating inflation in energy, labour and transportation costs and the need to provide reliable supply to customers.

— In November, New York-based One Equity Partners (OEP), agreed to sell its interest in PeroxyChem to Evonik Industries AG, Essen, Germany) for $US625 million. Completion is scheduled for sometime in 2019 subject to approval by the appropriate authorities.


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