Australia’s growing CLT market

Convert to PDFThe February 2020 announcement from Timberlink Australia that it would invest in a state-of-the-art Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam) facility in the Green Triangle (South Australia and Victoria) indicates the growing market for engineered wood products. An increasingly important element of mid-rise residential buildings… Read More

FORECAST: Australian consumption faces uncertainty

Convert to PDFAustralia’s total consumption of all paper and paperboard will decline a calculated 0.2% (around 5,000 tonnes) per annum through to 2024, according to the latest headline forecasts* prepared by IndustryEdge. In addition to the total consumption forecast, forecasts have been prepared for the two major grades. The headline… Read More

Pulp importers feel the pleasure, and the pain

Convert to PDFAustralia’s pulp importers – mainly the tissue manufacturers – have felt the pleasures and the pains of global pulp markets over the last two years. Imports year-ended November 2019 totalled a very typical 285.7 kt, down 2.7% from a year earlier. There are few alternatives for the local… Read More

NZ pulp exports rise as prices stumble

Convert to PDFNew Zealand’s pulp exports rose 7.2% year-ended November 2019, at the same time as average export prices fell more than 32% in New Zealand dollar terms. Exports for the year totalled 960,830 tonnes, with the average price in November falling to NZDFob662/t, or NZD313/t lower than a year… Read More

Australian woodchip export deliveries: 372,506 bdmt (e) in November 2019

Convert to PDFNovember saw total deliveries of Australian woodchips fall to an estimated 372,506 bdmt, with all deliveries headed into China and Japan. Deliveries to China accounted for 71.7% of the total in November, with Japan receiving the remaining 28.3%. Our provisional view is that deliveries in December will return… Read More

Quarter century: one chart tells the printing paper story

Convert to PDFAs the end of the second decade of the twenty first century closes in, it is natural to reflect on the past, to see what it tells us about the future. Using the longest run data available to us – a quarter century – this first part of… Read More

Recovered paper export pressures compound

Convert to PDFGlobal recovered paper markets are operating under intensifying pressure as 2019 comes to a close. Exports for the year to the end of October totaled 1.110 million tonnes, down 7.2% on the prior year. All indications are that the softening of global economic conditions and of Chinese manufacturing… Read More

NZ’s paper imports lift: its all about ‘woodfree’ grades

Convert to PDFNew Zealand’s imports of printing and communication papers lifted 6.3% in the September quarter, to total 32,325 tonnes. However, the rise came after the June quarter saw the lowest ever quarterly imports (30,410 tonnes). The result meant the September quarter’s imports were 20% lower than the September quarter… Read More

Stamps stomped in 2020

Convert to PDFAustralia’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,… Read More

2020: Freight Costs Will Rise

Convert to PDF2020 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… Read More

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