March 2021 pulp and paper analysis now available!

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA The March 2021 edition (Number 189) of Pulp & Paper Edge, IndustryEdge’s monthly analysis of the Australian and New Zealand pulp, paper and paper products industry was published today. A focus on food and fibre opportunities has been sharpened by the news of the Whakatane Board Mill’s imminent… Read More

Newsprint imports under cloud as New Zealand trade winds down

Australia’s imports of newsprint are never particularly large, but the volumes have crashed in recent months, mainly due to the end of trade from New Zealand. After a year of much higher average monthly imports, imports in January 2021 were just one third of those recorded in January 2020. The… Read More

NZ newsprint imports: Nothing going on… yet

New Zealand’s imports of newsprint have long been highly limited, due mainly to the self-sufficiency delivered by Norske Skog’s Tasman Mill. That will change in coming months as the Tasman mill transitions to be a supplier of ‘pulp-on-reel’ products and perhaps take up other opportunities. IndustryEdge was asked by a… Read More

Pulp imports lift to 25.4 kt

Australia’s total pulp imports lifted 15.8% In January 2021 compared with the prior month, totalling 25.4 kt. The January result was 0.2 kt higher than the prior January. The monthly weighted average import price was AUDFob739/t, up 0.2% on the prior month. The chart below displays import volumes since January… Read More

Pulp Market Briefing: Price rocket continues, higher in February and March

Global pulp prices continued their rocket-paced growth in February, with all indications that March is proving to be similar. In the main Chinese bleached softwood kraft (BSK) market, the average price lifted to USD880/t, fuelled by soft inventories, some supply constraints and solid demand. Expectations are for continued rises, with… Read More

Printing paper imports – trade falls 37%

Over the year-ended January 2021, Australia’s imports of printing and communication papers declined 36.8% to total 311.9 kt. To anchor this dramatic decline, over just a year, Australia’s imports fell a huge 181.7 kt. Most recently, imports totalled 22.7 kt in January 2021, up 7.4% on the month prior. However,… Read More

RCP Briefing: China out, Indonesia up, total export volume barely stable

As China all but entirely exits the global market for recovered paper, Australia’s exports are being spread further across Asia and are gradually declining. Total exports for the year-ended January 2021 were 1,009.1 kt, down 6.3% on the prior year. January’s exports were relatively solid at a reported 101.0 kt,… Read More

End of cartonboard from New Zealand?

The Whakatane Board Mill – owned by SIG Combibloc – will close around the end of June 2020. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer. Once a cartonboard facility that stood alongside the Petrie Mill in Queensland, the Whakatane Board… Read More

Regional printing paper prices lift again – up 4.3% in January

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 4.3% in January 2021, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the quarterly average price was USDFob806/t, a rise of USD38/t on the prior month. On an annualised basis, the region’s quarterly… Read More

Pulp price rocket continues: higher in February and March

Global pulp prices continued their rocket-paced growth in February, with all indications that March is proving to be similar. In the main Chinese bleached softwood kraft (BSK) market, the average price lifted to USD880/t, fuelled by soft inventories, some supply constraints and solid demand. Expectations are for continued rises, with… Read More

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