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

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

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

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

Stamps stomped in 2020

Australia’s standard stamp price will rise 10% in 2020. The price is already 25 times higher than when Australia went decimal. In an all too familiar development, the price of sending a standard letter will rise 10% from $1.00 to $1.10 from the start of 2020. The price rise, which will… Read More

October Revolution!

In one long and remarkable week, Norske Skog announced the closure of its Albury newsprint mill and the sale of it and related assets to Visy, Orora sold its Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper Industries (NPI), the owner of Australian Paper and Cleanaway picked up most of the assets… Read More

2019 Strategic Review Now Available

IndustryEdge’s landmark Pulp & Paper Strategic Review is now available for subscription. Covering the Australian and New Zealand pulp, paper, paper-products and fibre supplies industries in unparalleled detail, the Strategic Review is the only data-rich, deep analysis of the entire sector. Now in its 28th annual edition, the Strategic Review… Read More

Label imports roll up the local competition

Total consumption of labels and label paper has grown an average 3.1% per annum since 2009-10 in Australia. Total consumption was 43.7 kt in 2018-19 (down 6.8% on the prior year), made up of imports of fully converted Paper Labels and reels and sheets of Label Paper. Over the course… Read More

Grim quarter century for paper pricing

Australia’s imported Printing & Communication papers are, on average, 42.9% lower priced than they were twenty-five years ago, when increased manufacturing and related costs are taken into account. The table emphasises the point, showing the cash price per tonne of the main grades of Printing & Communication papers over the… Read More

New Zealand’s printing paper demand: ‘just a little different’

Demonstrating once again that there is just a little something different about New Zealand, its apparent consumption of Printing & Communication papers rose 1.5% in 2018-19. Lifting by a little more than 2,000 tonnes, total imports rose to 148.1 kt. There is no local production, so imports represent total demand. Read More

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