Converted packaging imports up 7.5%

Annual imports of most pre-converted packaging materials continued to grow across the year-ended June 2019. Total volumes were recorded at 122,543 tonnes for the year, up 7.5% compared to the prior twelve months. Imports were again at record levels. Smaller sized Sacks and Bags < 40cm grade grew strongly, to… 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

Coated woodfree paper consumption crashes 30% in 2018-19

A near 30% decline in imports of Coated Woodfree (CWF) papers to Australia in 2018-19 continued to deepen as the financial year progressed.  At just 129.9 kt for the full year, imports are lower than they were during the GFC. In the June quarter, imports totalled 31.2 kt down 36%… Read More

EARLYBIRD OFFER: Pulp & Paper Strategic Review 2019

The 29th annual edition of IndustryEdge’s authoritative, analytical and insightful Pulp & Paper Strategic Review is in development, with data up to date, for the year ended June for Australia and New Zealand. The annual Strategic Review helps decision makers and their analysts as they deal with the global marketplace, from a local perspective. Read More

BREAKING: Woodchip export volumes up 4.9% ~ Prices up 17.0%

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: Analysis of data released today shows Australia’s woodchip exports totalled 6.705 million bone dried metric tonnes (bdmt) in 2018-19, rising 4.9% on the prior year. Prices over the year averaged AUD $213.49/bdmt on an FOB basis, or USD $152.61/bdmt. In Australian dollar terms, prices were up 17.0% compared to… Read More

Imports sweep up final millet broom manufacturer

Australia’s last millet broom factory – a two-person outfit in Tumut – is being swept up by imports, and the changing habits of Australian sweepers. Our interest was piqued when news reports announced that Australia’s last factory using stiff grass millet fibres was refusing to give in to what some… Read More

Tissue sector set to rationalise

Across Australasia, the tissue sector is preparing for expected rationalisation. Change that reduces the number of producers is now more likely than not. However, that does not have to result in lower production. Recent developments, in particular the sale of Asaleo Care’s Australian assets to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), have… Read More

Sydney sees import values rise – but not for all grades

Valued at AUD1.328 billion (measured on a free-on-board basis) total pulp, paper and paperboard imports to the Port of Sydney lifted 6.5% on the prior year. The increase in the value of imports for the year-ended April 2019, was by no means evenly spread across grades or regions. In fact,… Read More

Recovered paper exports at decadal low

Australia’s total recovered paper exports continued to fall in May 2019, recording a year-end total of 1.134 million tonnes, their lowest annual aggregate in more than a decade. Down 19.0% on the prior year, IndustryEdge can confirm expectations that annual recovered paper exports will decline further over the next two to three… Read More

Brisbane’s Paper & Board Imports Up 16.8%

Valued at $412.2 million, imports of paper, paperboard and related fibre products were up 16.8% over the year-ended April 2019. As the infographic shows, shipments from Asia are dominant and lifted 15.9% to $279.0 million. Our view is that the most interesting element of this data – beyond the rise… Read More

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