The Pulp and Paper Industry’s Current Status

Paper is important for some people’s daily activity. It is important for students, artists, office workers, business men, teachers, and some others. It is widely used for different purposes and it has helped people in many different ways. The materials used in making paper come from tress, plants, and other raw materials. These are collected and processed in paper mills. However, with the evolving world, things are already changing and improving and some people are saying that the pulp and paper industry is already being replaced by technology. Is it true?

Exhibition at Tissue World Miami

Come March 21-23, 2018, there will be a tissue industry paper expo and conference in Miami, USA, where over 200 exhibiting companies and 2500 visitors are expected to attend. This Tissue World Miami exhibition is expected to attract numerous industry experts, and if you are concerned about the future of the industry you should attend.

Next, Robert Carminati, in his article, will explain to us why the pulp and paper sector is not dead yet.

Market & trends: the pulp and paper sector is not dead yet

Despite the numerous and often digitalization-driven criticalities that manufacturers and market players are facing, the pulp and paper global landscape still appears lively and most of all able to build upon the opportunities that some steady-growing sectors can today provide.

The Paris-headquartered consultancy and financial risk-monitoring company Euler Hermes has recently released its 2017 outlook on the pulp and paper industry worldwide. The good news, according to analysts, is that «the paper’s era has not come to an end yet» despite the troubles it has been undergoing over the last years. In fact, it is Euler Hermes’s opinion that this year the global gross output of pulp and paper is poised to increase by a 1.4% rate. This growth is expected to be driven by «a surprising resilience of mass retailing and a rising demand for e-commerce packaging» especially. Observers estimated that the value of the entire sector amounts today to 1,190 billion dollars and assigned it a moderately high risk rating. The US, Japan and China are considered as the key players in the international arena. Read more here.

That was good news! According to Euler Homes Analysts, the pulp and paper industry is not yet in danger. In fact, despite all the challenges they have encountered, the industry is still continuously growing. In addition, American Forest and Paper Association, will tell us about global forest and paper industry reports on sustainability progress.

Global Forest and Paper Industry Reports on Sustainability Progress

WASHINGTON –The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA) launched its 2017 Sustainability Progress Report.  It is the sixth biennial report highlighting ICFPA members’ progress on the sustainability commitments agreed upon in the 2006 CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainability.

 “We are proud to announce our global industry’s continuous progress, which represents our commitment to social and environmental aspects associated with forest management and the manufacture of forest-based products,” said ICFPA President Jane Molony. “We look forward to continuing to supply the growing global demand for sustainable products, including fuel, fiber and forest products, while moving towards a greener economy.”

“The U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry remains devoted to advancing sustainability performance,” said American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman. “In 2016, our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative reported a 16 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, surpassing the 15 percent reduction goal ahead of schedule. Our members quickly moved to set a new GHG reduction goal of 20 percent by the year 2020 and are focused on contributing that progress to worldwide sustainability achievements.” Read more here.

That was just another proof that the pulp and paper industry is still performing well and is not yet on the verge of ending. According to the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA), the global sustainability performance of the forest product industry is improving. Great!

On another topic, let us read about a report saying that the pulp and paper industry in N.L. braces for Trump administration newspaper duties. Peter Cowan will tell us about it.

Pulp and paper industry in N.L. braces for Trump administration newsprint duties

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is bracing for a U.S. decision that could apply duties to newsprint exported into the United States.

The department of commerce is expected to make a decision Tuesday afternoon on whether to put duties on all Canadian newsprint exported to the U.S.

An American company, North Pacific Paper Company, has complained of unfair subsidies to Canadian producers, and has asked the U.S. to add duties of 25-50 per cent.

Kruger, the parent company of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, is one of the three companies targeted by the U.S., but duties would apply to all Canadian producers.

About half of the newsprint produced by the mill in Corner Brook is exported to the U.S., totalling about 120,000 tonnes a year. At going market rates that newsprint is worth about $84 million. Read more here.

So an American company has made a complaint about unfair subsidies to Canadian producers that’s why they have asked US to add duties of 25-50 percent. I hope that this issue between the parties would be resolved immediately. The pulp and paper industry is important because they produce the things that we need. In addition, we should not worry about this industry coming to an end because they are perfectly fine. There might be challenges, but they were able to resolve them and they are still active in producing the paper that we need.

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