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

2020: Freight Costs Will Rise

2020 will see higher global freight costs, especially for containerised goods. A swathe of factors is converging to see higher freight costs apply to nearly all global routes, with the longest routes – like those from Europe to Australia – likely to see sharply higher costs. Information supplied to customers… Read More

Redoubtable and remarkable: Aida Greenbury talks with IndustryEdge

Many of us know of Aida Greenbury from her thirteen years as Managing Director of sustainability at Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). That included the period that was undoubtedly the most tumultuous in the forestry and paper giant’s history, as it faced global criticisms over its sustainability. Through all… Read More

Pulp prices under fundamental pressure

September saw an improved outlook for pulp prices in the main Chinese market, with North American and Western European markets continuing to soften, as global economic fundamentals continue to weigh heavily on fibre commodity markets. Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK) prices declined only very marginally to USD580/t in China, while Bleached… 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

Orora sells Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper

Orora has announced the sale of its Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper Industries (NPI) for AUD1,720 million. In all, the transaction includes 25 manufacturing plants, 27 depots and involves more than 3,300 employees. The key to the transaction is Orora’s corrugated box business, including the Botany mill. The transaction is… Read More

Norske Skog’s Albury to close: Visy acquires assets

Australasia’s largest newsprint mill, the 265,000 tonne per annum Albury Mill (NSW) will close by the end of 2019. All of the mill’s approximately 185 employees will be made redundant. Announcing the closure, Norske Skog advised that it had sold the Albury assets to Visy, Australia’s largest paperboard manufacturer. After… Read More

Why Record Log Exports from South Asia are Under Pressure

Combined exports of softwood logs from New Zealand and Australia totalled 26.4 million cubic meters (m3) in the 2018-19 financial year. Total exports from the two countries lifted 9.5% compared to the prior year, in line with the 10.5% per annum increases recorded over the decade since 2009. When diving… Read More

Australian pulp consumption up for sixth successive year

Australia’s consumption of pulp lifted to 1,917.2 kt in 2018-19, rising 4.2% on the prior year, and by an average 2.4% per annum over the decade. The sixth successive annual increase in pulp consumption takes account of deinked pulp, but does not include recovered paper used locally. As the chart… Read More

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