Regional production capacity: 3.8 Mt

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Combined Australian and New Zealand regional production capacity sits just short of 3.8 million tonnes of paper and board in mid-2021. The reduction of around 150,000 tonnes per annum, resulting from the Tasman (Norske Skog) closure at the end of June, would have been worse, if not for the recent reprieve for the Whakatane Board Mill (SIG Combibloc but soon Smurfit).

Total regional capacity, by production type, is shown below, demonstrating the dominance of the Packaging & Industrial paper grades. Combined, their 2.895 million tonnes is 77% of total regional capacity.

Australian & New Zealand Combined Regional Production Capacity: 2021 (‘000 tonnes)

Source: IndustryEdge


The following chart provides the estimated breakdown by company.

Australian & New Zealand Combined Regional Production Capacity by Sector & Company: 2021 (‘000 tonnes)

Source: IndustryEdge


Further details will be provided in the 2021 edition of the Pulp & Paper Strategic Review, research for which is underway. Subscription details are available here.


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