Japanese paper companies continue the pivot to packaging

Japanese paper and paperboard manufacturers are continuing their ‘pivot to packaging’, as 2019 production data details. Reported at 25.376 million tonnes for 2019, total production was down 2.6% on the prior year and fell below 26 million tonnes for the first time in at least thirty years.

Most significantly, as the chart below shows, Japanese domestic paper and board production has continued to shift its emphasis towards Packaging & Industrial paper grades and away from Printing & Communication grades.

Japanese Paper & Board Production by Grade: 2013 – 2019 (‘000 t)

Source: Japan Paper Association

Compared with 2018, Printing and communication paper production was 3.8% lower at 13.477 million tonnes, while Packaging & industrial grades saw production decline just 1.2% to 11.899 million tonnes.

This is an edited extract of an item in the late April 2020 edition of Pulp & Paper Edge (Edition 176)

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