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

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

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

Pulp: 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

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

Pulp imports fall to 20.3 kt

Australia’s total pulp imports fell 43.7% in April 2021 compared with the prior month, totalling 20.3 kt. The April 2021 result was 10.0 kt lower than the prior April. The monthly weighted average import price was AUDFob778/t, up 3.2% on the prior month. The chart below displays import volumes since… Read More

Pulp Market: price plateaus, spread points to substitution

Global pulp prices were stable in May, resting at record levels for Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK), as the spread to Bleached Eucalypt Kraft (BEK) remained at USD200/t or around 20%. Despite the spread in China between BSK (USD980/t) and BEK (USD780/t) remaining above USD200/t for the fifth successive month, market… Read More

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