Australia’s oldest existing paper mill: window to the past

Though it has not been in operation for many long years, Australia’s oldest paper mill is still standing, on the banks of the Barwon River at Fyansford, just outside Geelong in Victoria. Constructed from 1876-78, the mill’s bluestone and brick buildings are still in place, as are the manager’s house,… Read More

Quarterly Price Indexes: modest growth in May

Latest detailed paper trade price indexes showed some uptick in May, with three month moving average prices either stable or displaying modest growth. The price indexes for two grades, LWC <60gsm and MWC > 55% dropped, but each by a very small amount, 0.3% and 0.2% respectively. Because of the… Read More

Price Index: Regional printing paper prices fall – down 2.2% in May

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* decreased by 2.2% in May 2021, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the quarterly average price was USDFob805/t, a decrease of USD17/t on the prior month. On an annualised basis, the region’s… Read More

Pulp Market: What goes up… this time at least

Global pulp prices receded sharply in June, sliding back to what may prove to be sustainable levels. The differential or spread between the two major market pulps narrowed to a more realistic USD145/t, as the price concessions bit deep into Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK) prices, with more muted declines for… Read More

Australia’s oldest existing paper mill: window to the past

Though it has not been in operation for many long years, Australia’s oldest paper mill is still standing, on the banks of the Barwon River at Fyansford, just outside Geelong in Victoria. Constructed from 1876-78, the mill’s bluestone and brick buildings are still in place, as are the manager’s house,… Read More

Log export bans and the implications for pulp

Exports of softwood logs from New Zealand have continued to grow, replacing supply from Australia after China banned Australia from its log market in late 2020. However, that doesn’t guarantee there is more wood available for pulp producers. In response to a client’s series of questions on wood fibre and… Read More

NZ pulp imports patchy but largely stable

Imports of pulp to New Zealand totalled 54.2 kt year-ended May 2021, down just 1.6% on the prior year. Almost all the volume is chemical pulp, largely from South America and is split pretty evenly between hardwood and softwood grades. Like Australia, the vast bulk of the imports are used… Read More

Pulp imports increase to 27.0 kt

Australia’s total pulp imports increased 33.3% in May 2021 compared with the prior month, to total 27.0 kt. The May 2021 result was 6.8 kt higher than the prior May. The monthly weighted average import price was AUDFob845/t, up 8.7% on the prior month. The chart below displays import volumes… Read More

Paper & paperboard imports – values increase May ’21

Australia’s imports of paper, paperboard and paper products were valued at AUDFob213.1 million in May 2021, up 6.0% compared with the prior month. The value of monthly imports in May was 18.3% lower than in May 2020. The value of New Zealand’s imports was NZDFob70.3 million in May 2021, up… Read More

Printing paper imports – Aus trade falls 31.5%, NZ falls 25.3%

Over the year-ended May 2021, Australia’s imports of printing and communication papers declined 31.5% to total 298.1 kt. This dramatic one-year decline equates to Australia’s imports dropping by 136.9 kt. Examined on a monthly basis, in May 2021 imports fell 1.3% on the month prior, to total 28.9 kt. March’s… Read More

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