Housing & Sawnwood Consumption Crunch Still to Come

Convert to PDFIn March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the global economy, there were 15,386 new dwellings approved in Australia, a reduction of just 0.8 percent on February and 2.0 percent higher than in March 2019. It now seems certain that had the pandemic not impacted confidence in the… Read More

Paper imports continued to trend down in February

Convert to PDFPrinting & Communication paper annual imports declined for the fifth successive month in February. Imports totalled 20,979 tonnes in February 2020, down 19% on the prior month and 36% lower than in February 2019. January imports had spiked, against the trend decline, with most major grades seeing increases, only to… Read More

Japanese paper companies continue the pivot to packaging

Convert to PDFJapanese 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… Read More

Retail Sales Up While Employment Crunched in March

Convert to PDFAustralian retail sales are projected to have exploded in March as many households hoarded everything from toilet paper to pasta as they prepped for the pandemic fuelled lockdown. Provisional data shows the value of sales rose a massive 8.2% compared to the prior month, lifting to a record… Read More

Import disruptions minimal to date: COVID-19 Update

Convert to PDF[Up to date at 5pm, AEDT: Wednesday 25th March 2020] At the time of writing IndustryEdge was not aware of any significant import supply disruptions in the paper and paperboard sector in Australia. The  focus is on imports of Printing & Communication papers and the trade in Packaging & Industrial… Read More

China turns shipping back on, but that’s just a start

Convert to PDFAs the COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues and deepens globally, shipping and freight continue to be the life-blood for many nations. Beyond mere economics and trade, it is shipping and freight that delivers food and medical supplies to much of the world, every month. All eyes were turned to… Read More

IndustryEdge Moving to SilvaStat360, Forest2Market’s Online Delivery Platform

Convert to PDFVICTORIA, Australia & CHARLOTTE, N.C., March __ 2020 – Today, Forest2Market and IndustryEdge announce a partnership formed to bring IndustryEdge’s Australian wood market commentary, analysis and data to SilvaStat360, Forest2Market‘s online business intelligence platform. The partnership will combine IndustryEdge’s Wood Market Edge publication and underlying data with Forest2Market’s… Read More

Toilet paper is not in scarce supply: 5 facts

Convert to PDFToilet paper is not in short supply in Australia, and it will not be in short supply at any time. There are no grounds for panic buying. IndustryEdge has 25 years experience analysing paper product markets, including for toilet paper. The following facts are drawn from our extensive experience… Read More

Fibre resources exported for AUD11 per tonne!

Convert to PDFThe average price of the main grade of Australia’s recovered paper exports fell below AUDFob100/t for the first time in December 2019. The average price of the Unbleached Kraft or Old Corrugated Carton (OCC) grade had already collapsed in November 2019, falling to AUDFob104.18/t. • Huge volumes of… Read More

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