Import disruptions minimal to date: COVID-19 Update

[Up to date at 5pm, AEDT: Wednesday 25th March 2020] At the time of writing IndustryEdge was not aware of any significant import supply disruptions in the paper and paperboard sector in Australia. The  focus is on imports of Printing & Communication papers and the trade in Packaging & Industrial grades. The… Read More

China turns shipping back on, but that’s just a start

As the COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues and deepens globally, shipping and freight continue to be the life-blood for many nations. Beyond mere economics and trade, it is shipping and freight that delivers food and medical supplies to much of the world, every month. All eyes were turned to China as… Read More

Toilet paper is not in scarce supply: 5 facts

Toilet paper is not in short supply in Australia, and it will not be in short supply at any time. There are no grounds for panic buying. IndustryEdge has 25 years experience analysing paper product markets, including for toilet paper. The following facts are drawn from our extensive experience and published… Read More

Fibre resources exported for AUD11 per tonne!

The average price of the main grade of Australia’s recovered paper exports fell below AUDFob100/t for the first time in December 2019. The average price of the Unbleached Kraft or Old Corrugated Carton (OCC) grade had already collapsed in November 2019, falling to AUDFob104.18/t. • Huge volumes of fibre exports… Read More

FORECAST: Australian consumption faces uncertainty

Australia’s total consumption of all paper and paperboard will decline a calculated 0.2% (around 5,000 tonnes) per annum through to 2024, according to the latest headline forecasts* prepared by IndustryEdge. In addition to the total consumption forecast, forecasts have been prepared for the two major grades. The headline forecast for… Read More

Pulp importers feel the pleasure, and the pain

Australia’s pulp importers – mainly the tissue manufacturers – have felt the pleasures and the pains of global pulp markets over the last two years. Imports year-ended November 2019 totalled a very typical 285.7 kt, down 2.7% from a year earlier. There are few alternatives for the local tissue producers… Read More

NZ pulp exports rise as prices stumble

New Zealand’s pulp exports rose 7.2% year-ended November 2019, at the same time as average export prices fell more than 32% in New Zealand dollar terms. Exports for the year totalled 960,830 tonnes, with the average price in November falling to NZDFob662/t, or NZD313/t lower than a year earlier. Given… Read More

Quarter century: one chart tells the printing paper story

As the end of the second decade of the twenty first century closes in, it is natural to reflect on the past, to see what it tells us about the future. Using the longest run data available to us – a quarter century – this first part of our year-ending… Read More

Recovered paper export pressures compound

Global recovered paper markets are operating under intensifying pressure as 2019 comes to a close. Exports for the year to the end of October totaled 1.110 million tonnes, down 7.2% on the prior year. All indications are that the softening of global economic conditions and of Chinese manufacturing in particular,… Read More

NZ’s paper imports lift: its all about ‘woodfree’ grades

New Zealand’s imports of printing and communication papers lifted 6.3% in the September quarter, to total 32,325 tonnes. However, the rise came after the June quarter saw the lowest ever quarterly imports (30,410 tonnes). The result meant the September quarter’s imports were 20% lower than the September quarter of 2018… Read More

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