Unbuildable: Australia’s demand for new houses is out of control

Convert to PDFGEELONG, Australia: Australia’s pipeline of home building activity is at record levels and growing at its fastest ever pace.  Already besieged by literally unprecedented demand, the entire building supply chain is short of the materials and the labour it needs to meet the stimulus-fuelled demand. For Australia’s timber… Read More

Pulp & Paper Edge: Edition 192 is Now Available

Convert to PDFGEELONG, AUSTRALIA The June 2021 edition (Number 192) of Pulp & Paper Edge, IndustryEdge’s monthly analysis of the Australian and New Zealand pulp, paper and paper products industry was published yesterday. All roads led to New Zealand in June, as the Whakatane Board Mill remained open, after a… Read More

CARBON & CLIMATE POLICY: Emissions pricing proves a political wasteland

Convert to PDFAs Australia heads to its next election (yes, really!), carbon pricing will again be top of the agenda. It was always going to be, but the re-elevation of Barnaby Joyce to the leadership of the National Party and therefore to the Deputy Prime Ministership virtually guarantees that will… Read More

Shipping & Freight: Routes Cut to Provide Supply ‘Integrity’

Convert to PDFAs global container freight continues to be delayed and disrupted, a number of major shipping lines are starting to cut out the most disrupted routes altogether. Inevitably, most of the routes are in countries that are less developed or that ship smaller volumes of containers. The effort to… Read More

Queensland OCC export price crashes

Convert to PDFThe price of OCC (Old Corrugated Cartons) exported from Queensland collapsed in April, despite solid volumes being exported. Queensland’s total recovered paper exports for April amounted to 23.3 kt, just marginally lower than the prior month in what has been an improving trade since the middle of 2020,… Read More

New Zealand cartonboard exports slip, but future is bright

Convert to PDFNew Zealand’s exports of the eponymous cartonboard grades were 14% lower over the year-ended May 2021, totalling 123.2 kt. The weighted average export price declined a reasonably modest 6.6% to NZDFob1,279/t over the same period. After the reprieve from closure, the Whakatane board mill – which manufactures virtually… Read More

Pulp imports fall to 20.3 kt

Convert to PDFAustralia’s total pulp imports fell 43.7% in April 2021 compared with the prior month, totalling 20.3 kt. The April 2021 result was 10.0 kt lower than the prior April. The monthly weighted average import price was AUDFob778/t, up 3.2% on the prior month. The chart below displays import… Read More

Woodchip Market Briefing: Exports hit twenty-month high as demand firms

Convert to PDFAustralia’s woodchip exports lifted to a twenty-month high in April, totalling 583.1 kbdmt (bone dried metric tonnes). Solid demand from both China and Japan underpinned the exports, as pulp producers in both countries responded to strong demand from paper producers and sought to replenish their own supply chains. Read More

Converted Products Briefing: year ended Apr 2021

Convert to PDFMoulded Fibre Products Imports   Australia’s imports of Moulded Fibre product continued to their strong growth, increasing in value across the year ended April 2021. Up 19.5% on the prior year, total imports were valued at AUDM45.1, compared to the AUDM37.7 imported during the previous 12 months. Used… Read More

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