Sawnwood imports lift 59% to help meet demand

Convert to PDFGEELONG, AUSTRALIA: Australia’s imports of sawn softwood  rose 58.8% in 2021-22 compared with the prior financial year. Imports are almost entirely structural grades and rose to a little over 964,000 m3 for the full year.  Interrogation of the latest data on IndustryEdge’s Wood Market edge online platform shows… Read More

Bridging the Gap: Australia’s Sawnwood Deficit to 2050

Convert to PDFGEELONG, AUSTRALIA On current trajectories, Australia faces the prospect of being consistently unable to meet demand for new housing, because of a persistent and growing gap between demand and supply of sawn softwood timber, in particular. A recent report by IndustryEdge, for Forest & Wood Products Australia shows… Read More

Latest Pulp and Paper Analysis and Data for Australia and NZ

Convert to PDFGEELONG, AUSTRALIA The July 2022 edition (Number 205) of Pulp & Paper Edge, IndustryEdge’s monthly analysis of the Australian and New Zealand pulp, paper and paper products industry was published a few days ago. In this latest edition, market price, volume and value indexes are updated, as are the… Read More

Australian Packaging Paper Price Index up 15% year-ended May

Convert to PDFIndustryEdge’s Australian Packaging Paper Trade Price Indexes continued on trend in May, with the aggregate index up 1.0% for the month, 4.7% for the quarter and 15.0% on an annualised basis. The sustained growth in trade prices has been most pronounced for Corrugating Medium over the last year,… Read More

Ovato’s failure was in the numbers

Convert to PDFOvato’s descent into administration is the latest in the long line of print sector failures. The last two years have seen Ovato spiral down to this point, with a succession of closures and restructures heralding this unfortunate situation. We can all be hopeful Ovato will get its way… Read More

Australians continue to buy diaries… by the kilogram apparently

Convert to PDFThe value of Australia’s stationery imports lifted a very modest 2.6% year-ended May 2022. In an inflationary environment, where paper and all other input costs continue to expand, that really means volumes are continuing to fall. Imports are mainly described by value only, so it is difficult to… Read More

RCP export prices mis-reported: over-inflated up to $A140/t!

Convert to PDFTo the observant and knowledgeable market participant, Australia’s recovered paper export prices have appeared over-inflated for some time. Working with perhaps the most experienced of Australia’s exporters, we have managed to unpick how this appears to have occurred. Our analysis is provided here and includes a small calculator… Read More

Shipping & Freight: Average container freight costs up 30% in May

Convert to PDFSpot rates for shipping containers and for global freight may be on the decline, but taken as a whole, the average cost of shipping goods lifted 30% in May according to Xeneta’s Shipping Index. The index provides a weighting for freight based on cargo carried on spot pricing,… Read More

Pulp Market: Supply continues to push pulp prices as headwinds mount

Convert to PDFGlobal pulp prices continued to increase in June and early July as supply disruptions continued in major markets. In the main Chinese market, Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK) pulp prices remained at their all-time average high of USD990/t and appears to have peaked. Though it may have peaked, it… Read More

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