Paper pulp shortage adds to supply chain woes with extra delays and costs

Paper pulp shortage adds to supply chain woes with extra delays and costs

A global shortage of paper pulp is causing huge disruption to the industry with delays of up to 12 weeks in getting paper from suppliers, a knock-on effect on lead times and fears over pre-Christmas reprints.

Companies say the issue has predominantly affected the finer-quality paper often used for illustrated non-fiction. With a shortage of pulp, some European printing firms are not getting the material from suppliers for eight to 12 weeks, instead of the usual few days. Costs have spiked.

Nick Wells, founder and publisher of Flame Tree Publishing, explained that a shortage of both paper ...

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