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Södra has announced increase in its purchase price for pulpwood and pine logs. To ensure continued high levels of supply, Södra is raising its purchase price for pine logs by USD 3.71/cubic metre of solid volume underbark (m3 sub) and introducing a contracting premium of USD 3.09/m3 sub for softwood and hardwood pulp. The price changes are in effect from 1 February 2018. “The strategic investments in Södra's pulp mills in recent years have led to a steady increase in softwood pulpwood consumption and demand for softwood pulp. This market situation presents ideal conditions for increased forest thinning which, in the long term, will further strengthen both the value and quality of Swedish forests,” said Olof Hansson, President of the Södra Skog business area. Södra, with headquarters in Vaxjo, Sweden, produces market pulp, wood products and biofuels.