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Recycled Fiber 360

Recycled Fiber Price Benchmark for US Regional Markets

Bringing a Never-Before-Seen Transparency to Recycled Fiber Markets

The Gap between Price Indices and Actual Transactions

Traditionally, the gap between recycled fiber price indices and actual transactions has been significant. This gap has led to an unstable market and volatile prices. Increasingly, buyers, sellers, and traders of recycled fiber in the United States express frustration at the lack of actionable information about the market.

Over the past two years, we've conducted more than 30 interviews with buyers, sellers and traders of recycled fiber. Here is what we've learned:

• Existing price indices do not reflect underlying supply and demand
• Benchmarks do not accurately reflect differences in geography, product quality, or format
• Current conditions do not enable reliable benchmarking of one’s own selling or buying activity


A Transaction-based Approach to Price Indices

These unexpected movements can happen because the index being used based on survey-based methods is naturally confronted with the risk of biases. The metrics used to measure the market that seek to predict future prices based on industry chatter tend to exacerbate artificial volatility. The ramifications of this type of volatility are serious:

• Making forward-looking business decisions becomes incredibly difficult when price is no longer a function of supply–demand interaction.
• A facility’s margins can be wiped out without a valid market-based reason due to the markets not moving in the way of actual costs.

Uncertainty increases the risk and can increase the cost of capital demanded by investors, and many of the issues arise due the nature and built-in challenges inherent with telephone-based surveys. Therefore, the antidote is to build a different index using a new process.

Markets aren’t really built on word of mouth. Markets are built by the individuals whose job it is—day in and day out—to make sure they get the best price they can whether they are buying or selling. This is how the market is built: transaction by transaction, each one reflecting the supply and demand factors on the ground.

The best way to reduce uncertainty with price discovery is to build an index based on actual market transactions. The OCC market is similar to the complementary feedstocks we’ve worked with – and during our experience, we’ve seen the benefits of reliable data based on actual market transactions in these markets. Prior to the introduction of our transaction-based indices, log markets were highly volatile and uncertain in ways that could not be explained. Our index – now capturing millions of transactions per year – solved this problem.

Download a white paper detailing our approach to recycled fiber prices.



What makes Recycled Fiber 360 unique?

A Fisher International and Forest2Market collaboratiton
Transaction-based Data
The cornerstone of Recycled Fiber 360 is data quality. Based on actual transactions, not surveys or interviews, our price benchmark is precise and accurate.
Market Momentum Tracking
Transactions are classified as contract or spot to isolate freely negotiated market movements and determine data-driven momentum.
Benchmark Capability
Mills can track their competitive positions amongst their peers in the region and chart performance improvements over time. 

 Recycled Fiber 360: the Market, your Mill(s), and Export Trade

Market Dashboard

• Geographic summary of mills, capacities and price quartiles
• Market price trend
• Price distribution by volume
• Month over month price change

Market dashboard from Recycled Fiber 360.

Mill Analysis

• Fiber cost by mill
• Fiber cost by region
• Selected mills fiber price trend

Mill Analysis View from Recycled Fiber 360.

Export Trade

• Geographic summary of total exports from the US
• Export trade breakdown by region and state/province
• Weighted average price per ton by region

Export Trade Data from Recycled Fiber 360.-1


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What Else You Need to Know

Frequently asked questions
  • Recycled Fiber 360 is a collaboration between two ResourceWise companies. Fisher International has more than 30 years of experience in pulp and paper business intelligence, with detailed data on every pulp and paper mill in the world, in addition to best-in class cost modeling and forecasting. Forest2Market, the creator of the timber price benchmark for pulpwood mentioned above, has more than 20 years of experience in gathering, securing, anonymizing and reporting transaction data in the forestry vertical. 
  • We use modern technology and encryption to transfer and store data. Our robust systems currently process 90 million transactions each year in the wood raw material part of the value chain (timber, logs, chips, and lumber). Many North American packaging pulp mills already use our systems to transmit wood pricing data, from which market indices are created.
  • The prices we report are aggregated from many participants, which makes it impossible to determine any given company’s price or volume. We follow strict guidelines in this regard. We will provide an opinion letter from recognized counsel stating that our processes meet Department of Justice guidelines for price collection and reporting. Like participants, Fisher and Forest2Market will comply with all laws and regulations with respect to data transmission and reporting.
  • The service is a “give to get” system. Only data contributors can receive all the data that is available through our new service. We do plan on making a simple, high-level, aggregated index available for the market, as we understand that there are some companies that will require access to the data to comply with copyright laws, but who do not buy or sell OCC. This is also necessary for a well-functioning marketplace.
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