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Are you looking for answers on Pulp category?

Are you looking for answers on Pulp category?

  • What are the key trends in Pulp category?
  • Am I paying the right price?
  • Am I working with the right supplier?
  • What are the major challenges and risks in Pulp industry?
  • How is Pulp industry performing?

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Report Coverage

  • Global Capacity–Demand Analysis
  • Global Trade Dynamics
  • Regional Market Snapshot-North America, Europe, Asia
  • Cost Structure Analysis

Production Size

CAGR

1.4 Percent

Production Size North America

16.02 Mn Tons

Production Size Europe

15.4 Mn Tons

Production Size South America

20.3 Mn Tons

Table of contents

  1. Pulp Market Executive Summary
  2. Category Updates
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Industry Outlook
  5. Top supplier by Capacity
  6. Major Trends and Innovations
  1. Global Pulp Market
  2. Market Overview
  3. Regional Analysis
  4. Market Share by Capacity
  5. Non-wood Pulp Market
  6. Cost Drivers
  7. Porter’s Five Force
  1. Pulp Market-by region
  2. arket Overview-By region
  3. Mergers and Acquisitions - By Region
  4. Drivers and Constraints - By Region
  1. Pulp Supplier Analysis & Innovations
  2. Innovation in the Pulp Industry
  3. Supplier Dashboard
  4. Capacity Changes

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Global Pulp Industry Outlook

  • Europe, North America, and Asia, have newer capacity coming up in 2018, owing to the positive demand from the market. Tissue demand is estimated to grow by 3.7 percent in 2018
  • The hardwood market is expected to be firmer than softwood from 2016 to 2020. Due to significant capacity additions in the latter and a diminishing demand, hardwood is expected to gain a lot of traction in the coming years

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Global Pulp Market Overview

  • The global pulp demand is expected to increase at a CAGR of 1.5–2.5 percent until 2019
  • The largest overall end-use segment for market pulp globally is now tissue paper. It is expected that tissue will be strong, following global population growth, a relatively better economic outlook and the continued move toward western consumption habits in the emerging markets. Other end-use sectors, which are expected to grow, include absorbent hygiene products

Down Stream Demand Analysis

  • Global pulp demand increased by 2 percent in 2017, on the back of accelerating consumption of tissue and packaging paper, offsetting declining demand for printing and writing grades

  • The world's demand for all tissue paper hit 37.1 million tons in 2017, with growth in premium and ultra-premium grades, the ones that use 100 percent market pulp. Bathroom tissue is the biggest growth area, with China using so much more of it than before, along with its growing demand for other items, such as paper towels, wipes, facial tissue, and diapers

  • Demand is also strong in some other emerging markets, like Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkey, and Mexico, and these products use virgin fiber and is more than compensating for the reduced demand for printing and writing grade pulp

  • The Asian demand is also strong for Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC). Global pulp demand is also receiving a boost because paper recycling is about to peak, with developed economies in North America, Europe, and Japan, Consuming less printed paper than in the past

Non-wood Pulp Production

  • Non-wood pulp produced using sustainable and environment-friendly methods will also become a fiber source for pulp in North America and Europe
  • Forestry regulations and faster growth of non-wood fibers, compared to wood trees, will drive the technology development in the non-wood fiber pulping process
  • The non-wood portion of paper typically varies from 20 percent to 90 percent and can be up to 100 percent, depending on the grade of paper and required quality
  • There are many possible combinations and they can be adjusted to meet the market requirements

Pulp Market Overview

Raw Material Availability 

There are abundant plantations, predominantly softwood fibers. There are enough mills with superior technology in the region to convert fiber into pulp

International Trade

North American players primarily export their softwood fiber to China and European region. The export of pulp to China is expected to decrease in the future due to high inventory levels and lower domestic prices

Major Suppliers

GP Cellulose, Paper Excellence, Weyerhaeuser, Domtar, West Fraser, Resolute Products, and Canfor Pulp are the major pulp suppliers in North America.

Industrial Structure

The North American pulp industry is highly competitive with a high degree of backward integration and less differentiation, in terms of products. Currently, it operates with excess capacity

Future Outlook

The domestic demand might not be as promising as the export market. The US market majorly depends on the economic and industrial conditions in China

 

Pulp Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the global capacity of the pulp industry across the globe?
  2. From the market analysis data from Beroe, the global capacity of the pulp industry stands at 85 MMT as of 2017.
  1. What is the total market demand in the global pulp market?
  2. The global demand for pulp is at 57.3 MMT according to the 2017 pulp industry reports from Beroe.
  1. At what CAGR was the global pulp demand expected to grow in 2019?
  2. From the 2019 Beroe’s reports, the global pulp market demand was anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 1.5 to 2.5 percent.
  1. How much was the expected tissue demand in 2018?
  2. In 2018, the tissue demand was expected to grow by 3.7 percent.
  1. What steps did the major markets take to cater to the growing pulp demand in the market?
  2. In 2018, major market regions of Europe, North America, and Asia had planned to add new capacities to increase the pulp market size and cater to the positive pulp demand.
  1. What is the market like for hardwood and softwood during the period 2016-2020?
  2. From Beroe’s pulp prices forecast 2020, the market for hardwood is anticipated to be firmer than softwood as it has been since 2016. Besides, considering the capacity additions for softwood and decreasing demands, the hardwood market seems to gain much traction in the coming years.
  1. Who are the top producers in the global pulp market?
  2. Fibria, Arauco, IP, CMPC, Suzano are the top global market pulp producers.
  1. What are the impactful cost components for the global pulp industry?
  2. The impactful cost components for the global pulp industry include raw materials (fiber) and chemicals, which account for 60-65 percent of the total cost.
  1. How is the market structure for the pulp industry?
  2. Five of the top ten NBSK suppliers are based in the U.S. and four are based in Europe. The other regions, for the most part, are involved in imports. Coming to the top ten NBHK suppliers, six are based in LATAM and two from Europe and Asia.
  1. Which is the largest end-use segment for the pulp industry?
  2. Tissue paper is the largest overall end-use segment for the pulp industry. Looking at the global population growth, economic outlook and the continuous shift towards western consumption habits, the demand for tissue paper will increase significantly in the emerging markets. The other significant end-use segment includes absorbent hygiene products.
  1. Which markets have a strong demand for the end-use segment of the pulp industry?
  2. Strong demand for tissue paper comes from China that has started using more pulp in items like paper towels, bathroom tissues, wipes, diapers, etc. Emerging markets like Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkey and Mexico are also accountable for the high demands. The Asian market demand is also strong for OCC or old corrugated cardboard.
  1. Who are the major pulp suppliers in North America?
  2. Some of the major pulp suppliers in North America are GP Cellulose, Paper Excellence, Weyerhaeuser, Domtar, West Fraser, Resolute Products, and Cantor Pulp.

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