The increase will come into effect from 1 July and will apply to both sheets and reels. It follows from a £40 per tonne increase in April for the manufacturer’s wood-free coated papers, with the rising costs of raw materials, energy and transport again cited as the reasons for the rise.

Both increases join a raft of price hikes from other paper manufacturers. Metsa Board also increased its prices for wood-free coated papers in April.

Meanwhile Sappi Fine Paper Europe announced price increases for its graphic paper and coated fine paper range in February, and last month announced a 6% increase to specialty paper product prices, to come into effect from 1 July this year.

The consensus when many of these rises were announced back in February, was that merchants would have no choice but to pass the full impact of these increases on to customers.

Arjowiggins Graphic said that sales contacts would be in touch with customers shortly to “discuss further details and prepare implementation accordingly.”