GEELONG, AUSTRALIA The July 2021 edition (Number 193) of Pulp & Paper Edge, IndustryEdge’s monthly analysis of the Australian and New Zealand pulp, paper and paper products industry has just been published. This month, as the IndustryEdge team commenced preparing the 30th annual edition of the Pulp & Paper Strategic… 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

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

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

Catalogue and magazine grade demand collapse continues

Demand for the main paper grades used to supply catalogues and magazines continues to slump, with imports especially hard hit. Light Weight Coated (LWC) grades of paper made from mechanical pulp have seen imports crash more than 73% over the last two years, falling to just 26.4 kt year-ended May… Read More

Who is driving demand? The advertising example bites deep!

  If the buyer is always right, then consumers are never wrong. For those in the paper and paperboard sectors, that is either a happy coincidence or cause for deep-seated and near existential concern. In this analysis, we consider the demand drivers impacting paper and board markets in this ‘new… Read More

Pulp & Paper Edge: Edition 192 is Now Available

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA The June 2021 edition (Number 192) of Pulp & Paper Edge, IndustryEdge’s monthly analysis of the Australian and New Zealand pulp, paper and paper products industry was published yesterday. All roads led to New Zealand in June, as the Whakatane Board Mill remained open, after a last minute… Read More

Printing paper imports – Aus trade falls 31.5%, NZ falls 26.0%

Over the year-ended April 2021, Australia’s imports of printing and communication papers declined 31.5% to total 303.5 kt. This dramatic one year decline equates to Australia’s imports dropping by 139.0 kt. Examined on a monthly basis, in April 2021 imports fell 17.3% on the month prior, to total 29.2 kt. Read More

Super-cal: a fragile existence

Australian consumption of super-calendered paper grades is crashing to the point of oblivion. In April 2021, the declines continued, with just 257 tonnes being imported, a record low in the near thirty years IndustryEdge has kept records. The driver for the decline: digitisation and the migration by printers to lower-priced… Read More

Super-cal: a fragile existence

Australian consumption of super-calendered paper grades is crashing to the point of oblivion. In April 2021, the declines continued, with just 257 tonnes being imported, a record low in the near thirty years IndustryEdge has kept records. The driver for the decline: digitisation and the migration by printers to lower-priced… Read More

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