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October 03, 2022
Pulp & Paper Market Spotlight: Indonesia
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, when examining any sort of market trend across the pulp and paper supply chain,...
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September 28, 2022
Wood Chip Supplies Diminish and Prices Soar in the Pacific Northwest
Labor union strikes and industry developments that have pinched the supply of conifer wood chips in the Pacific...
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October 03, 2022
Pulp & Paper Market Spotlight: Indonesia
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, when examining any sort of market trend across the pulp and paper supply chain, it’s not only important to keep...
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September 28, 2022
Wood Chip Supplies Diminish and Prices Soar in the Pacific Northwest
Labor union strikes and industry developments that have pinched the supply of conifer wood chips in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) now have a number of...
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September 27, 2022
10 Interesting Facts about the Current State of the Pulp and Paper Industry
A heightened sense of uncertainty continues to plague various aspects of our lives as global geopolitical trade flows and economic structures remain...
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September 20, 2022
Which Region of the US Stores the Most Carbon in its Forests?
Forest2Market’s newest analytical tool – Carbon Analysis 360 – was specifically designed to help participants across the forest value chain better...
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September 16, 2022
Major Moves in the P&P Industry that Occurred in 3Q 2022
With so much activity that has occurred in the pulp and paper industry over the last quarter, it’s difficult to keep up with some of the major...
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September 13, 2022
Japanese Pulpmills Have Increased Their Wood Chip Imports Since 2020
Japan is the world’s second-largest importer of wood chips behind China, accounting for about one-third of the world’s total imports. While China is...
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September 12, 2022
P&P Companies Make Headlines As They Announce Innovative Sustainability Projects
Pulp and Paper companies are making headlines as awards are received, new products are rolled out, projects are being worked on, and initiatives are...
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September 06, 2022
Anti-Forestry Insanity: The Opinion Piece That Keeps on Giving
There’s an old adage about the paralyzing effects of cognitive dissonance: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and...
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September 01, 2022
The Importance of Sustainable, Working Forests in the P&P Industry
The paper and packaging industry has made considerable progress and contributions in redirecting the growth of the industry towards a more...
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August 30, 2022
UPM Gears Up for Bio-MEG Commercialization
This post appears courtesy of Doris de Guzman and was originally published on the GreenChemicals Blog. UPM Biochemicals is gearing up for its...
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August 29, 2022
Where Does Africa’s P&P Industry Stand and Where Is It Headed?
When discussing any sort of market trends, industry moves or any other pulp and paper industry related news, it seems we tend to focus on Asia, North...
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August 25, 2022
How Water-Resistant Paper Packaging Could Transform the Packaging Sector
*This post originally appeared on TwoSides*
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August 23, 2022
Strong Demand and Tight Supply Have Driven Wood Fiber Costs for Pulp Manufacturers Higher in 2022
Prices for pulplogs and wood chips increased QoQ in early 2022 in all 19 regions worldwide as tracked by the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). This...
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August 22, 2022
Domestic Consumer Tissue Demand Is Outpacing Thailand’s Home Production Capacity
Thailand’s history as a unified country dates back to the 13th century. Although pressured by colonial powers, the Thai Monarchy maintained the...
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August 18, 2022
An Overview of China’s Containerboard Supply Status
China has grown to become the largest global containerboard producer since 2008 as regional capacity expansion continues to rise year after year....
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August 16, 2022
Fisher’s Virtual Mills Module – Your Crystal Ball into the P&P Industry
The post-COVID global landscape continues to shift in a number of new directions within the pulp and paper industry as more companies begin to...
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August 11, 2022
Why Is Kraft Paper Demand Rising and Where Is it Heading?
Kraft packaging paper has maintained a roughly 4% share of all fiber-based packaging capacity since 2015, however, as of late, the relative share of...
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August 10, 2022
Caustic Soda Markets in the US & Europe: Now & in the Future
Caustic soda demand could exceed global capacity in the latter half of this decade. That’s what analysis of trends versus current and future...
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August 08, 2022
The P&P Industry Enters Q3 with Even More Sustainable Developments and Initiatives
As we enter 3Q2022, many companies have been recognized for their work towards meeting their sustainability commitments, while many others have...
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August 04, 2022
What is BRP and How Will It Impact the Future of the P&P Industry?
Unbleached recycled fiber market pulp, also known as brown recycled pulp or BRP, is a new grade of market pulp that didn’t exist before 2017, but is...
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August 03, 2022
Batteries Made with Renewable Wood Could Help Alleviate Energy Pressures
When we think of innovative battery technologies and some of the scalable, successful products that have been developed over the last decade, one...
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August 01, 2022
How Have Government Bans Impacted Capacity Growth in the P&P Industry?
When we look at the capacity trends module in Fisher International’s FisherSolve business intelligence platform, we can see that the top five...
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July 28, 2022
Manufacturing Growth in Forest Industry Slows in Early Summer
US forest industry performance in May and June was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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July 26, 2022
Paper-Polymer-Plastic: A New 'Rock Paper Scissors' Game For the Packaging Sector
A report from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Program estimates that new sustainable products and practice within seven...
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July 21, 2022
Visualizing Forest Carbon Data with SilvaStat360’s Carbon Analysis Tool
Political and corporate landscapes are evolving quickly as environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives are transitioning from vagaries...
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July 19, 2022
Trends Impacting the European P&P Industry
European Corrugated Industry Makes Progress in Emission Reduction
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July 18, 2022
Plastic Bans Hit India; Will Its P&P Industry Rise to Meet New Demand?
During 2017-2018, India generated 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste per day, of which only 60% was recycled while the rest ended up as litter on roads,...
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July 14, 2022
Paper or Plastic? In a Circular Economy, the Answer is Clear
*This post originally appeared on Two Sides*
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July 08, 2022
Impact of Skyrocketing Fuel Prices on Forest Products Transportation
The following was recently published by our friends at Forest Resources Association. It was authored by Charlie Blinn, Professor, U of MN, Dept. of...
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July 05, 2022
Canada’s New Plastic Ban Could Drive Renewed Interest in the P&P Industry
Consumer awareness about excessive plastic pollution and its hazardous effects to the environment has intensified in recent years, and we are...
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June 30, 2022
P&P Companies Continue to Push the Industry Closer to a Sustainable Future
As we enter a new quarter, participants across Pulp and Paper value chain continue to launch more sustainable replacement products and join...
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June 28, 2022
Rate of Growth in Forest Industry Slows Amid Inflationary Pressures
US forest industry performance in April and May was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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June 27, 2022
Major Moves in the P&P Industry that Occurred in 2Q2022
With so much activity that has occurred in the pulp and paper industry over the last quarter, it’s difficult to keep up with some of the major...
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June 24, 2022
Will More M&A Take Place in China’s Paper Industry?
The China Paper Association published its "14th Five-Year Plan" along with the medium- and long-term high-quality development outline of the paper...
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June 21, 2022
Poland & Romania Develop Robust Consumer-Driven Product Economy, Increasing Tissue Consumption Near EU Average
*Fisher International’s data does not yet attempt any assessment of the potential impact of the war in Ukraine on supply chains and energy costs...
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June 20, 2022
Amongst a Shortage of Reliable Carbon Benchmarking, Fisher Has the Solution
Decarbonization is becoming an increasingly important topic globally and at all levels of the value chain as governments increasingly turn to policy...
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June 16, 2022
A Breakdown of Corrugated Packaging and Why It’s Becoming a Top Consumer Choice
*This post originally appeared on TwoSides*
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June 15, 2022
Delivered Wood Prices Spike in the Lake States Amid Inventory Crunch
After spending the better part of two years in the doldrums – a period which saw a significant dropofff in demand due to the closure of two large...
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June 10, 2022
Is India on Track to Become an Export Leader in the P&P Industry?
Exports of paper and paperboard from India skyrocketed nearly 80% in fiscal year (FY) 2021-22, reaching a record ₹13,963 crore (unit of value equal...
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June 08, 2022
Chinese Demand Drove Global Trade of Hardwood Chips Higher in Early 2022
In 2021, the world’s shipments of wood chips reached almost 35 million m3, close to the highest on record. Significant expansion of pulp capacity in...
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June 07, 2022
New Sustainability Initiatives and Developments Continue in Q2
Pulp and Paper companies are making headlines as awards are received, new products are rolled out and initiatives are launched to meet sustainability...
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June 02, 2022
Frozen Food Sales Experience Another Major Surge – What Does This Mean for P&P?
The frozen food segment saw skyrocketing demand months after the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic as consumers had reduced access to restaurants...
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May 31, 2022
Could Formed Fiber Reshape the P&P Industry?
As the sustainability movement continues to gain traction, there is a clear trend to move further away from unsustainable packaging and utensils,...
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May 26, 2022
US Forest Industry Performance Maintains Pace in April
US forest industry performance in March and April was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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May 24, 2022
Energy Prices Are Still Soaring and Impacting the Global Paper Industry
CEPI announced in late April that European mills must begin to make difficult decisions regarding a temporary halt of production across Europe due to...
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May 23, 2022
ESG
How the Transition to a Greener Economy Could Impact the P&P Industry
We now live in an era where the world has come to the realization that we cannot keep consuming our natural resources in the way we once did. As a...
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May 18, 2022
Think Carbon’s Not Important? Think Again
For several years, Fisher has paid close attention to developing global carbon markets in order to get a better understanding of the various ways...
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May 12, 2022
Could Paraguay Become a New Frontrunner in the P&P Industry?
If you look at a map of some of the latest pulp mills being developed in Latin America—highlighted in the image below—there’s an apparent trend...
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May 10, 2022
A Deep(ish)-Dive Into the World of Pulp and Paper Fiber
We recently discussed the various factors that are impacting market pulp prices. Market pulp is a critical global commodity within the pulp and paper...
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May 09, 2022
Pulp and Paper Industry Spring 2022 Sustainability Roundup
The Pulp and Paper industry continues to gain recognition for its sustainability-related advancements and achievements through new innovations and...
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May 05, 2022
Major Moves in the P&P Industry: 1H2022
So far, 2022 has proven to be just as unpredictable and hectic as the previous two years. Between the first “major” European land war in 70 years...
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May 04, 2022
CPI & Forest Products Sector PPI Continue to Expand
US forest industry performance in February and March was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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May 02, 2022
Overview of Current Tissue Markets and the Forces that Will Shape the Next 5 Years
We recently discussed 10 interesting facts surrounding the current global tissue market. Today, however, we’re going to narrow it down a bit and look...
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April 28, 2022
Case Study: Demonstrating the Sustainability of a Working Forest
To the casual onlooker, it seems counterintuitive that harvesting and utilizing trees could result in increased forest sustainability. At a granular...
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April 27, 2022
How Are Energy Prices Impacting the P&P Industry?
The global economy has been navigating evolving supply chain crises since mid-2020, and some of the associated challenges seem to be growing more...
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April 26, 2022
Mexico's Tissue Business: A Relatively Young and Growing Population Boosts Tissue Potential
Mexico is the 10th most populated country globally with a relatively young and growing population. Its urban population accounts for 81.3% of the...
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April 19, 2022
Russia-Ukraine War and the Implications to Russia’s Pulp & Paper Industry Supply Chain
Russia exported around 6 million tons of pulp and paper products in 2021, with close to 40% of the flow arriving in China’s market, as seen in Figure...
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April 18, 2022
Why Have Market Pulp Prices Continued to Remain So High?
Market pulp is a critical global commodity within the pulp and paper industry. As such, it is a constant fixture in global trade flows because of its...
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April 14, 2022
Wood Resources International Joins the ResourceWise Group of Companies
ResourceWise, the newly formed parent company of Forest2Market, Fisher International and Tecnon OrbiChem, has acquired Wood Resources International...
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April 12, 2022
10 Interesting Facts About the Current Global Tissue Market
To say that global geopolitical, trade flows and economic structures are stressed would be an understatement. Over the course of the last two years,...
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April 07, 2022
As Oil Prices Skyrocket, Will Delivered Wood Prices Follow?
We addressed this common question last year as oil prices began trending up in late 3Q2021. And while the answer is “no” under normal circumstances,...
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April 05, 2022
What New Sustainability Developments Are Leading the P&P Industry?
As we kick off 2Q, a number of companies have announced or launched new sustainability-driven initiatives and products, ranging from new packaging...
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April 04, 2022
Introducing ResourceWise: A Unifying Brand for Forest2Market, Fisher International, and Tecnon OrbiChem
Forest2Market, Inc., Fisher International, Inc. and Tecnon OrbiChem Ltd. are excited to introduce their unified brand, ResourceWise, to the market....
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March 31, 2022
After Making a Considerable Investment, What Is BillerudKorsnäs Going to Do with Its Verso Mills?
In December 2021, Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs AB announced its acquisition of North American coated papers producer Verso...
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March 30, 2022
Green Bay Packaging Reaches Sustainability Milestone
The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest consumers of industrial process water in the US, and the second largest in Europe (water is used...
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March 28, 2022
How Rising Containerboard Capacity Has Influenced Boxplant Investments
As we recently discussed, total containerboard production hit record numbers in 2021 with a 5.6% increase compared to 2020. Containerboard (which is...
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March 24, 2022
Despite Skyrocketing Inflation, US Forests Industry & Manufacturing Sector Expand
US forest industry performance in January and February was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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March 21, 2022
Russian Invasion of Ukraine is Already Impacting the Global P&P Industry
On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin organized and initiated an invasion into Ukraine. As of this writing, Russian forces continue...
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March 17, 2022
Wood Chip Prices Soar in the Pacific Northwest
Since mid-2019, wood chip and pulpwood prices in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) have largely demonstrated a decreasing pattern, reflecting the healthy...
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March 16, 2022
Could the Pulp and Paper Industry Play a Role in Producing Bio-Products?
As we’ve discussed before, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues are becoming increasingly important amongst business owners and...
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March 10, 2022
Origin Materials Chooses Louisiana for First World-Scale Facility
This post appears courtesy of Doris de Guzman and was originally published on the GreenChemicals Blog.
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March 08, 2022
Capital Spending: Value Creator or Death Star?
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the early 1990s. Greed was good, computers sat on desktops, cell phones were the size of bricks, Seattle’s...
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March 07, 2022
Pulp and Paper Industry Set to Close 1Q2022 with New Sustainability Achievements
While the first quarter of 2022 may be coming to an end, the impressive sustainability initiatives and achievements accomplished by the Pulp and...
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March 03, 2022
Italy's Tissue Business Becomes More Export-Driven with 50% of Exports Going to New Markets
Italy plays two different yet highly significant roles in the global tissue business. The first is as a producer for domestic and export tissue...
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March 02, 2022
Containerboard Sector Reaches Record Production in 2021 – What’s Next?
Earlier this year, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its preliminary 2021 data from US paper and paperboard mills. According...
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February 28, 2022
Benchmarking Water Usage: An Increasingly Important Metric for Pulp & Paper Producers
Pursuing eco-friendly business practices and prioritizing sustainability issues continues to be a major initiative across a number of global...
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February 23, 2022
High Costs, Labor Woes Slow Manufacturing Growth in January
US forest industry performance in December and January was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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February 21, 2022
Fisher Provides Big Brands a Transparent Way to Verify the Carbon Claims of Their Suppliers
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) is a hot topic – both in the investment world and the world of consumer brands. And within the realm of...
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February 18, 2022
How Will the Increase in Carbon Markets Affect the P&P Industry?
For several years, Fisher has paid close attention to developing global carbon markets in order to get a better understanding of the various ways...
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February 17, 2022
USFS Offers Ambitious Plan for Confronting Wildfire Crisis. Can It Succeed?
Although the story may have been overshadowed by news of the surge of the omicron variant of Covid-19 and Russia’s positioning of an army just across...
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February 11, 2022
ESG Was Important Long Before It Became a Buzzword
Anyone who reads or prepares financial reports or literature knows how important ESG (Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance) is currently, but...
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February 09, 2022
Freight Squeeze Pushing Wood Prices Higher in the Northeast
Mill inventory levels are a perennial challenge in the US Northeast/Eastern Canada subregions. In fact, the seasonality of wood supply is the most...
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February 07, 2022
Pulp & Paper Industry Kicks off 2022 With Major Sustainability Developments
Pledges toward net zero emissions have become common as global companies and industries look to address concerns about climate change – and the Pulp...
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February 03, 2022
How Fisher International Predicted the Recyclability of Fiber-Based Packaging
In 2017, Fisher International presented at TAPPI’s Papercon on the state of recycled fibers. At the time, our modeling suggested that the “seven...
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February 02, 2022
Despite Supply Chain Challenges, Manufacturing Sector Remained Strong in 4Q2021
US forest industry performance in November and December was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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January 31, 2022
How Corrugators Can Respond to the Surge in E-Commerce While Addressing Sustainability Goals
Last year, we examined how the COVID-19 pandemic supercharged the packaging and corrugated sector – a piece in which we analyzed the various effects...
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January 27, 2022
Forest Industry Workforce: A Critical Component for a Climate Conscious Economy
In December, I presented to the Forest Resource Association’s Northeast Region on challenges the forest industry (and let’s be honest – everyone...
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January 24, 2022
How Industry 4.0 Technology Can Amplify Your Competitive Advantage
At the beginning of the year, Fisher International’s VP of Sales Matt Elhardt shared his predictions for the Pulp and Paper Industry in 2022. One of...
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January 20, 2022
Can Paper Help Save the Planet?
The recent United Nations global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, brought the world’s leaders together again to try to reach agreement on further...
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January 19, 2022
Will Nine Dragons' Investment in Virgin Pulp Lines Crowd the Chinese FBB Market?
As the biggest containerboard producer in China, Nine Dragons has always been an industry leader when it comes to strategic decision making that will...
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January 13, 2022
What Graphic Packaging’s Investment Means for the Industry
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) initiatives and investments continue to shape decision-making in nearly every industry, and as a...
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January 12, 2022
Is the Paper Industry on the Precipice of a Capital Investment Boom?
Over the course of the last two years, we have written extensively about the myriad ways in which the pandemic has impacted the pulp & paper industry...
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January 10, 2022
The Middle East Tissue Business: A Study in Contrasts and Contradictions
The Middle East has some of the world’s oldest recorded history and has played a significant role in developing human language, agriculture, laws and...
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January 06, 2022
The P&P Industry Kicks off 2022 with Innovative Sustainability Goals and Initiatives
The Pulp and Paper industry continues to excel in its push for a more sustainable planet by launching innovations and ambitious goals for the new...
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January 05, 2022
How Foreign Investment is Reshaping the NA Industry
In December, Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs AB announced its acquisition of North American coated papers producer Verso...
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January 04, 2022
Predictions for the Global Pulp and Paper Industry in 2022
Similar to 2020, the Pulp and Paper industry underwent some significant changes in 2021—some expected, some unexpected. However, despite the...
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December 29, 2021
Pulp & Paper Industry 2021 Year in Review
Printing and Writing Papers The Printing and Writing segment has been a declining sector for a number of years as the digital age has matured. In...
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December 27, 2021
Supply Chain Issues Facing the Forest Products Industry
The following information was recently published by our friends at Forest Resources Association (FRA) and written by Tim O'Hara, Vice President,...
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December 21, 2021
Forest2Market’s Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2021
Much like 2020, the global forest products industry has undergone significant changes this year – some expected, and some unexpected. However, the...
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December 16, 2021
Fisher International’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021
The global pulp & paper industry has undergone some significant changes in 2021 – some expected, some unexpected – but the industry as a whole has...
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December 15, 2021
How Are Global Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting Corrugated?
The pulp & paper industry is a very capital-intensive segment — from the mill gate to converting facility and everything in between. For example, a...
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December 13, 2021
Why You Should Feel Good About Using Paper and Boxes Over the Holidays
It’s the gift that keeps on living and here’s why.
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December 10, 2021
Energy Crunch, Rising Prices Continue to Impact Asia Pacific Region
Recently, China was hit by one of the worst power shortages the country has experienced in a decade — creating a major energy crisis for a number of...
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December 09, 2021
Labor Challenges Part 1: Where Have America’s Workers Gone?
Over the last 20 years, the US population has grown by roughly 17% as a result of adding over 50 million new inhabitants. For scale, that’s...
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December 08, 2021
Pulp & Paper Industry Trends to Watch in 2022
The Pulp and Paper industry is booming and new innovations and trends are constantly emerging across multiple sectors. Within the past year, there...
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December 03, 2021
How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Chinese Kraftliner Market?
The local Chinese containerboard industry continues to remain very strong as it has significant paperboard capacities and a very wide and complex...
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December 02, 2021
The P&P Industry is Wrapping up 2021 with Impressive Sustainability Initiatives
During 2021, we’ve seen the Pulp and Paper industry go above and beyond to place sustainability matters at the forefront of its priorities. This...
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November 29, 2021
Renewable Materials and the Future of Plastics
As COP26 delegates dissected the detail on decarbonizing our world, chemical innovators ushered in sustainable solutions of their own. Late 2021 saw...
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November 23, 2021
Could Klabin’s Remarkable Eukaliner Replace Traditional Kraftliner?
Klabin, Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of paper and paper packaging, is challenging convention when it comes to the notion that softwood pulp...
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November 18, 2021
Supply Chain Woes Begin to Pinch US Manufacturing Performance
Following a -0.5PP revision to August’s data (to -0.1 percent MoM), total industrial production (IP) fell another 1.3 percent in September (but +4.6...
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November 17, 2021
How Is Amazon Responding to the Booming Corrugated Demand?
We recently discussed the direct and indirect impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on e-commerce and the corrugated segment over the last 18 months....
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November 10, 2021
Consumers Underestimate the Great Recycling Rate of Paper, Latest Study Reveals
Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of their impact on the environment, and the majority of UK consumers believe the recycling rate of...
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Wood Chip & Pulpwood Price Trends: US South vs. PNW
Global consumer trends and demands continue to shift at an increasing rate, and many markets for wood fiber are reflecting these changes. In...
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November 04, 2021
P&P Companies Steal the Spotlight in Q4 for Sustainability-Related Achievements
So far in Q4, we’ve seen numerous Pulp & Paper companies stay true to their commitments towards the environment. With a significant sweep in...
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November 03, 2021
Understanding Consumer Perceptions About the Paper Industry
For many professionals in the global Pulp and Paper supply chain, there is a common sentiment that oftentimes puts us on the defensive. Inaccurate...
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November 01, 2021
How Shall We Evaluate the EU's Carbon Border Tax?
In July 2021, the European Commission announced plans for the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), which, simply put, is a carbon border...
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October 28, 2021
US Forest Industry & Manufacturing Sector Continue to Expand
US forest industry performance in August and September was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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October 27, 2021
COVID Supercharged E-Commerce and Packaging: What’s Next?
The COVID-19 pandemic had immediate, cascading effects across the globe during its onset in 1Q2020. While most economies seem to have skirted...
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October 26, 2021
When Will The Global Shortage of Caustic Soda Ease?
The market has tightened substantially since Hurricane Ida hit the US in August. Demand for caustic soda has recovered faster than expected, however,...
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October 21, 2021
Brazil Moves from Tissue Importer to Tissue Exporter
Those within the tissue industry know Brazil for its robust eucalyptus pulp production, which is generally used within the tissue segment due to its...
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October 19, 2021
Celebrating the Circular Economy: National Forest Products Week 2021
In 1960, the US Congress issued the first joint proclamation designating the third Sunday in October as the beginning of National Forest Products Week
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October 14, 2021
How Will China’s Energy Crisis Impact its P&P Industry?
China was recently hit by one of the worst power shortages in a decade. So far, around 20 provinces/municipalities are undergoing local power...
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October 13, 2021
Global Shipping Costs Hit ‘Stupid O’Clock’
Bulk and commodity trade and vessel movements are embroiled in further turmoil in early October, with day rates for vessel leases spiking so...
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October 11, 2021
P&P Companies Introduce New Sustainable Efforts for October
Each month, we continue to see the innovative concepts companies are developing in order to pursue a greener economy. The Pulp and Paper industry has...
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October 08, 2021
Will Proposed Spending Bill Boost Adoption of Paper Alternatives?
Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG) initiatives are poised to reshape the global economy from top to bottom within the next few...
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October 06, 2021
Pulpwood Prices in Stressed Florida/Georgia Market Surge to Record Highs
In June 2020, we wrote a piece covering the sale of the shuttered Klausner Lumber One facility in Live Oak, FL in which we noted that the region’s...
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October 04, 2021
Are More Paper Companies Incorporating Non-Wood Pulps?
The global pulp & paper industry continues to evolve and adapt to meet changing consumer preferences that reflect an increased awareness of...
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September 29, 2021
Could the Delta Variant Create a Paper Shortage?
As the COVID Delta variant remains persistent, so does the news surrounding it — which has recently focused on the impacts the virus has had on...
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September 27, 2021
NA Public Companies Own the Largest Share of Papermaking Capacity – So Why Have They Built Far Fewer New Machines than Private Companies?
In North America, publicly traded companies such as International Paper, Procter and Gamble, and Verso own the lion’s share of papermaking capacity....
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September 23, 2021
US Forest Industry & Manufacturing Performance Steady in 3Q
US forest industry performance in July and August was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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September 22, 2021
Recycled Fiber Import Policies in ASEAN Countries Will Have Far-Reaching Impacts
In February 2021, Malaysia released guidelines on imports of recovered fiber into the country, but the regulations on inspection and issuance of...
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September 16, 2021
Virgin or Recycled Fiber Packaging? The Answer is Both
For decades now, billions of dollars in recycling infrastructure investment by the paper industry combined with support from consumers, communities...
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September 15, 2021
Nine Dragons Addresses Fiber Gap for Its Recycled Paperboard Production in China
Eight months have now passed since China’s total ban on recycled paper imports was implemented at the beginning of 2021. This ban has had an impact...
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September 13, 2021
September Sustainability Initiatives Making Headlines
Pulp and Paper companies are making headlines as awards are received, new products are rolled out and initiatives are launched to meet sustainability...
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September 08, 2021
Will Raw Material Price Volatility Impact Your Budgeting Season?
Raw material price volatility is perhaps the single biggest enemy of successful budgeting for manufacturers. Continued price instability and market...
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September 07, 2021
How Might New COVID Variants Impact the Pulp & Paper Industry?
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the world at the beginning of 2020, mask mandates, lockdowns, and remote schooling and working from home...
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September 02, 2021
Woodchip Exports: Why IndustryEdge Tracks Vessel Movements
Almost every month, IndustryEdge is asked why it tracks woodchip vessel movements, especially into and out of Australia. After all, you rely on...
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September 01, 2021
We’re One of the Most Sustainable Materials on the Planet, So Why Has Telling That Story Proved So Elusive?
There was a story in the business section of The Washington Post a few weeks ago with the headline “How Big Cardboard is handling the 2020 box boom.”...
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August 30, 2021
Germany's Careful Expansion and Slow Growth in the Global Tissue Industry
Germany is a manufacturing and technological powerhouse known for its precision manufacturing technology. The country played a vital role in...
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August 26, 2021
Why Haven’t OCC Prices Come Down?
This year, we have seen a number of price increases occur within the pulp and paper industry. Most recently, the price for old corrugated cardboard...
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August 25, 2021
2Q Industrial Production Up 5%; Will Inflation Dampen Future Gains?
US forest industry performance in June and July was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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August 23, 2021
What New 'Hot Spots' Has China's Ban on Recycled Paper Imports Created?
Import/export trends and the evolving trade interplay between economies is a factor contributing to some of the structural market changes occurring...
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Delivered Pulpwood and Wood Fuel Prices Mixed in 2Q
The 5-year delivered price trends for pine and hardwood pulpwood, as well as wood fuel in the US South have demonstrated a fair amount of volatility;...
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August 13, 2021
Rising Shipping Costs Are Impacting Chinese Containerboard Imports
Since 4Q2020, shipping costs have skyrocketed amid fierce competition for ocean freight containers. Figure 1 below illustrates minimal year-on-year...
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August 11, 2021
Carbon Costs Are Coming; How Might They Impact Your Business?
71% of global fund managers representing $12.9 trillion in assets recently stated that they believed the pandemic would lead to an increase in actions
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August 09, 2021
Maine’s New EPR Fee Could Set Precedent for Packagers
On July 13, Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation into law making the state the first to require ...
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August 05, 2021
P&P Companies are Making Headlines as They Announce New Sustainability Projects
From new Olympic beds to boxes made from tomato stems, we’ve seen an exciting variety of projects announced from the Pulp and Paper industry over the...
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August 04, 2021
Is Printing and Writing Making a Comeback?
Earlier this year, we speculated where the printing and writing segment was headed post-COVID and discussed the anticipated “short-term bump” in...
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August 02, 2021
Stora Enso's Mill Closures Raise Questions for Uncoated Woodfree Producers
The ground continues to shift across Europe as demand patterns in the uncoated woodfree segment have driven manufacturers to make some difficult...
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July 27, 2021
How is Latin America’s P&P Industry Evolving in the Wake of the Pandemic?
While the world has not permanently put the COVID pandemic in the rearview mirror, most countries have spent the last few months adapting to the...
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