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November 23, 2020
Global or Local – Does Paper Mill Location Really Make a Difference?
Call it Sales 101: To better serve your market, recognizing and addressing your customers’ unserved needs while...
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November 19, 2020
Tecnon OrbiChem Launches New Enhanced Website
Tecnon OrbiChem is a part of a group of companies that includes Forest2Market, Inc. and Fisher International, who...
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November 23, 2020
Global or Local – Does Paper Mill Location Really Make a Difference?
Call it Sales 101: To better serve your market, recognizing and addressing your customers’ unserved needs while understanding direct and indirect...
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November 19, 2020
Tecnon OrbiChem Launches New Enhanced Website
Tecnon OrbiChem is a part of a group of companies that includes Forest2Market, Inc. and Fisher International, who focus on providing business...
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November 19, 2020
US Forest Industry Performance for November: P&P Remains Strong
US forest industry performance in September and October was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
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November 19, 2020
Using Market Trend Data to Become a Winning Analytical Company
When uncovering the foundational elements that ensure success for your company, it is important to keep in mind that knowledge is always power....
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November 17, 2020
Chinese Chip Imports Lift: Australian Supply Declines
Latest data shows Chinese woodchip imports lifted to a seven-month high in September, hitting 1.302 million bone dried metric tons (bdmt) at an...
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November 12, 2020
Serbia’s Tissue Business is a Survivor
The Republic of Serbia is emerging from both the global economic collapse of 2007 and 30 years of political instability stemming from multiple...
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November 10, 2020
China Promotes Transition from Coal to Gas Power; How Will it Impact P&P?
Per recent information published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) National Library of Medicine, coal has been the...
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November 09, 2020
Bacardi, Delhaize & Domtar Introduce New Sustainable Packaging Efforts
Sustainability Gains for Delhaize with New Direct Box In recent months, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for home deliveries has...
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November 02, 2020
Does NY Plastic Bag Ban Open New Opportunities for Paper?
In late October, New York reinstated a statewide plastic ban that prevents any business or reseller (specifically those required to collect sales...
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October 28, 2020
US Labor Market Flattening Amid Continued Uncertainty
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) establishment survey showed non-farm employers added 661,000 jobs in September (well below the +894,000...
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October 26, 2020
As Companies Abandon Work-From-Home Trend, Will Printing & Writing Bounce Back?
The “work-from-home” trend that has spawned a ubiquitous acronym (WFH) and come to represent life in 2020 has been both a blessing and a curse. To...
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October 21, 2020
Finnish Paper Mills Outperform Their EU Peers in Energy Efficiency
The papermaking process and technology is uniform all over the world, so benchmarking against similar paper mills in other countries helps to...
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October 20, 2020
Post-COVID Changes in Caustic Soda Sector Impacting Trade Flows
Chlor-alkali is an industrial process widely used to produce chlorine, caustic soda, and other chlorine and sodium derived/based products. The...
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October 20, 2020
US Forest Industry Performance for September: P&P Gaining, Lumber Hot
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 19, 2020
Exemplifying the Circular Economy: National Forest Products Week 2020
October 18-24, 2020 is National Forest Products Week! To recognize the importance of products derived from America’s forests, the Congress, by...
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October 16, 2020
Fisher’s Matt Elhardt Featured in TAPPI’s Inaugural Podcast
TAPPI’s Paper360o Magazine announced in September the debut of a new monthly podcast series: Better Together: Conversations with Innovative Leaders
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October 15, 2020
Fisher’s Pirita Huotari to Present at Specialty Papers Europe Conference
Fisher International is honored to be a part of the upcoming Specialty Papers Europe 2020 online conference that will run from October 19 – 21....
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October 14, 2020
Sappi, Absolut & HP Making Sustainability Headlines in October
HEINEKEN UK Eliminates Plastic from Millions of Cans and Rolls out Innovative Sustainable Packaging Across Thousands of UK Retailers  Despite...
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October 12, 2020
Major Chinese Paper Manufacturers Seek Lower Cost Destinations
Mirroring China’s larger economy, the country’s pulp and paper industry boomed from 2000 to 2018. While packaging production has remained stable...
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October 07, 2020
Tools for Tracking Global Woodchip Exports, Shipping and Imports
Through IndustryEdge’s innovative online platform, Wood Market Edge, woodchip exporters, pulp producers, traders, port authorities and others are...
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October 06, 2020
Russian Pulp May be Increasingly Important to China’s Paper Industry
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government that aims to invest in nearly...
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October 01, 2020
A Business Relationship & Platform with a Singular Vision: Driving Customer Success
Understandably, global economic circumstances are at the forefront of daily business decisions right now—especially in the manufacturing sector,...
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September 30, 2020
Cellulose Fibers: Back in the Spotlight
Renewed interest in fibers derived from natural cellulose (non-petrochemical) sources has seen demand for such fibers grow to 6 million tons per...
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September 28, 2020
The Future of Turkey's Tissue Business
Turkey was the subject of this column just two years ago. Critical concerns at that time were the weakness in the Turkish lira and rising costs of...
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September 23, 2020
Wood Consumption Trends in the Northeast and Lake States
As I noted in the first installment of this analytical series, the forest products industry has been making headlines since the COVID-19 pandemic...
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September 22, 2020
US Forest Industry Continued Recovery in July, but is Growth Slowing?
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 21, 2020
Carbon Benchmarking: A Key Metric for Improving Environmental & Economic Returns
A global desire for advanced energy and consumer products derived from sustainable, renewable resources is driving new trends in the marketplace....
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September 17, 2020
California’s Solution for Climate Change Goes Up in Smoke
Because of the cumulative effects of climate change, the severity of seasonal wildfires in the Western US has increased and, unfortunately,...
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September 16, 2020
Manage Raw Material Price and Plan for Success During Budgeting Season
Raw material price volatility is perhaps the single biggest enemy of successful budgeting for manufacturers. Extreme price volatility and market...
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September 14, 2020
Sustainability Initiatives Making Headlines in September
Over the last month, the global forest products industry continued its goal to help drive a more sustainable approach to resource management and...
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September 10, 2020
How Has COVID-19 Impacted Wood Consumption?
This post originally appeared on Forest2Market's MarketWatch blog. The forest products industry—which typically flies under the public radar—has...
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September 09, 2020
The Market, NOT Washington, will Drive Renewable Energy Growth
Biomass just doesn’t get a lot of love in the US as a renewable energy tool. We know that it can be a significant contributor to mitigating the...
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September 03, 2020
Market Forecasts: Your Key to Effective Budgeting During Periods of Uncertainty
The economic downturn that has gripped the world since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an extreme degree of uncertainty, which...
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September 02, 2020
BREAKING: Impact of COVID-19 on America's Forest Supply Chain
The global forest products industry has been making headlines since the COVID-19 pandemic struck at the beginning of 2020. First, the pulp & paper...
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August 31, 2020
Data Reports Strong US Paper Industry Profits, Employee Wages
2019 was a banner year for pulp and paper and the entire forest products industry.
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August 26, 2020
Fisher Expert Participates in Webinar on Asian Pulp & Paper Markets
Fisher International and Forest2Market business partner IndustryEdge has teamed up with The Australasian Pulp & Paper Technology Association...
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August 25, 2020
A Technical Look at Pulp & Paper Fiber
Let’s take a very simplified and quick look around the Pulp World. Cellulosic pulps are comprised of basically the same materials, cellulose...
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August 20, 2020
Portugal's Tissue Exports Nearing Three Times Its Imports
Portugal has had a significant effect on world history as a maritime power and explorer. It made a lasting impact on culture in Brazil, Asia, and...
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August 17, 2020
AF&PA Highlights Remarkable Sustainability Progress of US Paper & Wood Products
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recently released its 2020 Sustainability Report, highlighting the paper and wood products...
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August 13, 2020
International Paper, Stora Enso Among Sustainability Newsmakers in August
The forest products industry continued it's push for a more sustainable planet over the last several weeks.
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August 12, 2020
Pulp & Paper Products Consume 50% of Harvested Timber in US
This post originally appeared on Forest2Market's Market Watch blog. When it comes to the issue of managing America’s forests, environmental and...
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August 06, 2020
Washington Post Covers COVID-19 Impacts on Paper Industry; Cites Fisher Expert
From nosediving demand for printing and writing paper to soaring toilet paper sales, we at Fisher International have extensively covered the...
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August 05, 2020
Major European Player Enters North America’s Corrugated Market
It’s hard to argue there’s a need to be filled in the thriving North American corrugator market, but one major European producer believes a...
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July 27, 2020
Increase Sales, Efficiency with a CRM Built for Pulp & Paper
Pulp and paper professionals have been underserved by CRM (customer relationship management) suppliers. The loss in efficiency – to say nothing of
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July 22, 2020
From Whiskey to Pizza: Forest Products Sustainability Projects Making Headlines
The push for a more sustainable planet continues to drive innovations in nearly every business sector across the globe, and the forest industry is...
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July 13, 2020
Global Shipping Companies End Recovered Paper Exports to China
Recovered paper (RCP) shipments to China could cease before the end of 2020, with global shipping companies now rejecting shipments for delivery...
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July 07, 2020
Climate Change, CO2 and the Unique Benefits of Cutting Trees
This post originally appeared on Forest2Market's Market Watch blog. There is growing sentiment that in order to combat climate change, we need...
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July 02, 2020
Amazon, HP Ditching Plastics for Sustainable Paper Packaging
The push for a more sustainable planet continued in June as both HP and Amazon announced major initiatives to cut down on the use of single-use...
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June 24, 2020
How and Why Do Prices Really Move in the Paper Industry?
Standard economic theory holds that prices are determined by the intersection of supply and demand. As the theory goes, one only needs to...
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June 23, 2020
How to Maximize Your Use of Data to Make Smart Decisions
Quality data is fundamental for pulp and paper professionals when it comes to gleaning information about competitors, customers, and the...
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June 16, 2020
Life After COVID-19: China Pulp & Paper Focused on OCC, Plastics Bans
It’s been a handful of months since the spread of coronavirus started in China. And though the pandemic crippled Chinese markets early on, the...
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June 10, 2020
Paper Packaging Has Become Preference of Europeans, Survey Says
Two Sides Europe recently released the results of a survey that measured packaging preferences of 5,900 consumers in Europe. The results bode well...
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June 04, 2020
Millennials Are Poised to Make Lasting Changes to Sustainable Packaging
(This article originally appeared on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative blog) Millennials are changing the way we look at the world in many...
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June 03, 2020
Where Do We Go from Here? A Q&A with Fisher Int'l CEO Pete Stewart
Fisher International and Forest2Market President & CEO Pete Stewart recently participated in a Q&A published in the June issue of The Forestry...
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June 02, 2020
Discussing the Past, Present, Future of the Tissue & Towel Industry
Toilet paper supply and demand has charged to the forefront of the pulp and paper industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mills have added shifts...
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May 28, 2020
COVID-19 Driving Decrease in GHG Emissions & Energy Prices
This post originally appeared on Forest2Market's Market Watch blog.
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May 27, 2020
United States Consumers Greatly Prefer Paper Packaging, Survey Finds
Two Sides North America recently released the results of a survey that measured packaging preferences of 2,000 consumers in the United States. The...
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May 22, 2020
Pulp & Paper News: Top Industry Headlines of the Week
The following is a collection of headlines from the week from FisherSolveTM Next news and other sources. 
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May 19, 2020
7 Ways the Pulp & Paper Industry Has Helped Fight COVID-19
Despite the hardships and sadness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a sense of community, compassion and empathy has shone through around the world.
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May 18, 2020
Changes to Struggling P&P Segments Will Accelerate Under Pandemic
This post originally appeared on Forest2Market's Market Watch blog. Structural changes in markets are often caused by profound changes to the...
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May 14, 2020
How Much Energy Can Recycled Fiber Save Your Mill?
A large number of paper mills use recovered paper as a major source for fibers. It’s generally assumed that making paper using recycled fibers...
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May 13, 2020
Australasia Spotlight: Chinese Woodchip Imports & Supplier Trends
This post originally appeared on Forest2Market's Market Watch blog. Hardwood chip deliveries to China fell to their lowest quarterly total in two...
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May 11, 2020
Three Reasons Why Folding Boxboard is Growing Rapidly in Europe
There are four main coated paperboard products produced in North America and Europe:
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May 07, 2020
Toilet Paper Production & Its Impact on North American Forests
Toilet paper has stepped into the spotlight during the coronavirus pandemic. Either you have hordes of it, or you’re down to your final roll and...
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May 05, 2020
COVID-19’s Potential Impact on Commercial Hand Towel Demand
As Dwight Eisenhower famously remarked: “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
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April 30, 2020
Australian Wildfires: Impacts to Forest Products Industry
This post originally appeared on Forest2Market's Market Watch blog. The extent, ferocity and impact of the 2019-20 wildfire season in Australia...
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April 26, 2020
Three Ways to Use COVID-19 Data to Inform Pulp & Paper Strategy
In its continuing efforts to assist clients during this unique time in global history, Fisher International has fully integrated COVID-19 data...
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April 16, 2020
Coronavirus to Alter Global Toilet Paper & Tissue Production
Thankfully, the toilet paper shortages seen during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic should be balancing in most places as the supply chain...
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April 16, 2020
Fisher International Launches Free Interactive COVID-19 Map
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised countless questions and provided very few answers about the future of the pulp and paper industry.
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April 15, 2020
Fisher International & Forest2Market Acquire Tecnon OrbiChem
Boston, London, Charlotte, N.C. (April 15, 2020) – Fisher International and Forest2Market, two  firms offering data, analytics and  business...
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April 14, 2020
How Accurate Data Intelligence Can Help Suppliers Survive Coronavirus
In a recent blog we discussed how the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have rewritten how the Pulp and Paper industry will function and...
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April 09, 2020
Forecasts Show Coronavirus Has Rewritten Strategy & Financial Targets
The Pulp and Paper industry is under a historical stress test right now. Coronavirus has infected every part of the industry as demand in some...
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April 03, 2020
Global Printing & Writing: Are More Storm Clouds Ahead Amid COVID-19?
Like most, I’m reading the daily updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and if anything is certain, it’s the uncertainty of the overall...
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March 31, 2020
Are We Really Running Out of Toilet Paper During Coronavirus Crisis?
For the last several weeks, consumers around the world have been faced with empty store shelves when looking to restock toilet paper. Has the...
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March 26, 2020
FisherSolve™ Spotlight: Canadian Tissue Buying & Building in U.S.
This abridged article, which originally appeared in Tissue World Magazine, presents a static picture summary of Canada’s tissue industry.
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March 23, 2020
How the Forest Industry Survives Down Markets, COVID-19 Crisis
Just two months ago, Americans watched cautiously from a distance as the COVID-19 contagion caused a nearly unimaginable scenario by upending...
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March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Updates: Fisher Experts Detail Global Coronavirus Impacts
The novel coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, has sent the world into a frenzy. Stock markets are a daily rollercoaster, supermarkets are a daily venue...
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March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Update: A Message from Fisher International CEO Peter Stewart
We hope that you and your families are staying well during these especially challenging times. We have been closely monitoring the spread of...
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March 11, 2020
Foreign Pulp & Paper Investors Are Flocking to North America
Foreign ownership of North American pulp and paper mills has more than doubled since 2007. While the biggest share in ownership in 2007 was held...
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March 10, 2020
Toilet Paper & Coffee Cups: COVID-19 Continues Shake-Up of Paper Industry
The continuing spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has taken its toll on financial markets, major gatherings, and individual industries.
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March 05, 2020
Market Review Reveals Decline In Paper Demand, Increase in Pulp Production
The 2019 edition of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations...
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February 27, 2020
How Coronavirus Could Impact Pulp & Paper Demand
Coronavirus outbreaks have developed across the globe. Countries like Italy and China have instituted blockades and quarantines to prevent the...
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February 21, 2020
How Strikes, Regulations, Disasters Impact Pulp & Paper Supply Chains
The pulp and paper industry enjoyed a collective sigh of relief earlier this month when the Finnish paper workers’ strike reached a resolution.
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February 11, 2020
5 Predictions for Global Pulp & Paper Industries in 2020 (and Beyond)
Fisher International has spent considerable time over the last 35 years tracking trends coming over the horizon and predicting where they will...
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February 10, 2020
FisherSolve Spotlight: Spain Facing Headwinds from Declining Population
Spain’s tissue business has been shaped by the economic challenges the country has faced since 2007. The great worldwide recession, which started...
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February 06, 2020
Wood Pulp is a Sustainable Cotton Replacement, but Is It Profitable?
Ecological trends and concern over pollution and climate change are putting more and more pressure on the global textile market. Rated as one of...
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February 04, 2020
Coronavirus’ Impact on China’s Paper Industry Still Unknown
The coronavirus has spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan around the world. Hundreds of people are dead, thousands have fallen ill, and millions...
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January 31, 2020
Sustainability Trends: What’s Driving the Anti-Plastics Movement?
The sight of massive islands of plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean are just a small sample of unforgettable images that have heightened...
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January 24, 2020
FisherSolve Spotlight: Indonesia’s Pulp & Paper Industry
Indonesia was once thought of as the Asian tiger of the paper industry as North American producers considered it a major threat with its low-cost...
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January 21, 2020
Three Reasons Why India's Paper Industry Hasn't Boomed
China and India account for more than one-third of the world’s population with India predicted to exceed China as the most populated country by...
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January 17, 2020
Pulp & Paper Business Cycles: Questions Executives Need to Ask
How can leaders in the pulp and paper industry (PPI) predict the next trend? The next expansion? The next recovery? Which ‘crystal balls’ of...
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August 31, 2019
Battery Ventures Acquires Forest2Market, Inc. and Fisher International, Inc.
Boston, Charlotte, N.C. & Norwalk, Conn. (August 13, 2019) – Battery Ventures, a global technology-focused investment firm, announced that it has...
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