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Article Publishing Date: Mar 18, 2021

Rising Paper Packaging Demand to Mitigate Adverse Pandemic Impact on the Global Pulp Market

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Because of the pandemic-related shifts in downstream industries, pulp manufacturers are forced to adjust their market strategies towards the rapid increase in packaging paper use. In the medium term, value chain sustainability emerges as the most important factor due to the tightening of environmental regulation.

According to a new report by IndexBox, the global wood pulp market is estimated at $132.7B. Chemical wood pulp (148M tonnes) constituted the product with the highest consumption, accounting for 77% of the total volume. Moreover, chemical wood pulp exceeded the figures recorded for the second-largest type, mechanical wood pulp (24M tonnes), sixfold. Semi-chemical wood pulp (11M tonnes) ranked third, with a 5.9% share.

The COVID crisis became an ordeal for the paper industry. A decline in the demand for printing and writing paper due to the digital transformation has intensified further because exhibitions, conferences, advertising, and education migrated online during the pandemic.

Considering a significant part of the population started to work from home, and cloud technologies became a must-have tool, it leaves no chances for a considerable printing paper market growth even after overcoming the COVID crisis. 

In contrast to the decline in the demand for paper supplies for offices, schools, and restaurants in 2020, the demand for paper for households' needs - toilet paper, napkins - soared in 2020. During the pandemic, the surge in e-commerce has pushed plants producing corrugated boards and paper packaging to operate at full capacity. The lack of supply of cardboard packaging has led to higher prices for cardboard in 2020. Pulp producers are set to adjust their market strategies to the paper and paperboard mill industries' shifts.

While Paper Packaging Segment Drives Market Growth, Supply Chain Sustainability Becomes Vital

The countries with the highest volumes of wood pulp consumption in 2019 were the U.S. (51M tonnes), China (39M tonnes), and Japan (10M tonnes), together accounting for 52% of global consumption. These countries were followed by Canada, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, and France, which accounted for a further 31%.

From 2012 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of wood pulp demand, amongst the leading consuming countries, was attained by India (with a CAGR of +6.2%), China (+6.1%), and Russia (+4.1%), while wood pulp consumption for the other global leaders experienced more modest or even slightly negative paces of growth.

In the medium term, the demand for paper packaging is expected to grow steadily worldwide, given that paper is an environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and recyclable material. This is facilitated by adopting new legislation in the EU and other countries, the US re-entering the Paris Agreement, and the intensification of international efforts to preserve the climate. 

According to the EU packaging-related regulation, by 2030, at least 85% by weight of all paper and cardboard packaging waste must be recycled. In 2019, in the EU, the share of secondary raw materials in paper production was 49%, while the share of wood pulp was 41%. This makes the paper value chain's sustainability the key factor for the industry in the future, meaning the increased use of recycled raw materials and decreasing energy consumption.

China to Remain the Major Importer of Wood Pulp

Global wood pulp imports stood at 64M tonnes in 2019. In value terms, wood pulp imports reached $45.4B (IndexBox estimates) in 2019. In March 2020, the lockdown led to a sharp drop in global imports of wood pulp by 10% in physical terms compared to April 2020, which was 30% lower than in March 2019. By May 2020, it dropped deeper, amounting to only 60% against May 2019. Afterward, there was a recovery attempt, but during 2020 global pulp imports failed to regain 2019 levels, largely attributed to reduced global printing paper use.

In 2019, China (24M tonnes) represented the major importer of wood pulp, constituting 37% of total imports. From 2012 to 2019, the average annual growth rates concerning wood pulp imports into China stood at +5.9%. At the same time, India (+9.4%), Turkey (+6.5%), Poland (+6.3%), Spain (+3.4%), Indonesia (+1.7%), the Netherlands (+1.6%), the U.S. (+1.5%) and Italy (+1.3%) displayed positive paces of growth. 

India emerged as the fastest-growing importer imported globally, with a CAGR of +9.4% from 2012-2019. Germany, Japan, and South Korea experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, France (-2.0%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. In 2020, China should maintain its leading position in terms of imports because rapid urbanization and income growth promote packaging and household paper use in the country.

In value terms, China ($18.8B) constitutes the largest market for imported wood pulp worldwide, comprising 41% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by the U.S. ($3.3B), with a 7.2% share of global imports. It was followed by Germany, with a 6.5% share.

Source: IndexBox Platform

Product coverage:
• FCL 1654 - Mechanical wood pulp
• FCL 1655 - Semi-chemical wood pulp
• FCL 1663 - Chemical wood pulp, sulphate, bleached
• FCL 1661 - Chemical wood pulp, sulphite, bleached
• FCL 1667 - Dissolving wood pulp
• FCL 1662 - Chemical wood pulp, sulphate, unbleached
• FCL 1660 - Chemical wood pulp, sulphite, unbleached

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the global wood pulp market. Within it, you will discover the latest data on market trends and opportunities by country, consumption, production and price developments, as well as the global trade (imports and exports). The forecast exhibits the market prospects through 2025.



Data coverage:
• Global market volume and value
• Per Capita consumption
• Forecast of the market dynamics in the medium term
• Global production, split by region and country
• Global trade (exports and imports)
• Export and import prices
• Market trends, drivers and restraints
• Key market players and their profiles

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1. How to diversify your business and benefit from new market opportunities
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8. How to prepare your business for global expansion
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1. INTRODUCTION

Making Data-Driven Decisions to Grow Your Business

1.1
REPORT DESCRIPTION
1.2
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND AI PLATFORM
1.3
DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1.4
GLOSSARY AND SPECIFIC TERMS
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A Quick Overview of Market Performance

2.1
KEY FINDINGS
2.2
MARKET TRENDS
3. MARKET OVERVIEW

Understanding the Current State of The Market and Its Prospects

3.1
MARKET SIZE
3.2
CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY
3.3
MARKET FORECAST TO 2030
4. MOST PROMISING PRODUCTS

Finding New Products to Diversify Your Business

4.1
TOP PRODUCTS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS
4.2
BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS
4.3
MOST CONSUMED PRODUCT
4.4
MOST TRADED PRODUCT
4.5
MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT FOR EXPORT
5. MOST PROMISING SUPPLYING COUNTRIES

Choosing the Best Countries to Establish Your Sustainable Supply Chain

5.1
TOP COUNTRIES TO SOURCE YOUR PRODUCT
5.2
TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES
5.3
TOP EXPORTING COUNTRIES
5.4
LOW-COST EXPORTING COUNTRIES
6. MOST PROMISING OVERSEAS MARKETS

Choosing the Best Countries to Boost Your Exports

6.1
TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR EXPORTING YOUR PRODUCT
6.2
TOP CONSUMING MARKETS
6.3
UNSATURATED MARKETS
6.4
TOP IMPORTING MARKETS
6.5
MOST PROFITABLE MARKETS
7. GLOBAL PRODUCTION

The Latest Trends and Insights into The Industry

7.1
PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE
7.2
PRODUCTION BY COUNTRY
8. GLOBAL IMPORTS

The Largest Importers on The Market and How They Succeed

8.1
IMPORTS FROM 2007–2020
8.2
IMPORTS BY COUNTRY
8.3
IMPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
9. GLOBAL EXPORTS

The Largest Exporters on The Market and How They Succeed

9.1
EXPORTS FROM 2007–2020
9.2
EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
9.3
EXPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
10. PROFILES OF MAJOR PRODUCERS

The Largest Producers on The Market and Their Profiles

11. COUNTRY PROFILES

The Largest Markets And Their Profiles

United States
China
Japan
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Brazil
Italy
Russian Federation
India
Canada
Australia
Republic of Korea
Spain
Mexico
Indonesia
Netherlands
Turkey
Saudi Arabia
Switzerland
Sweden
Nigeria
Poland
Belgium
Argentina
Norway
Austria
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
Colombia
Denmark
South Africa
Malaysia
Israel
Singapore
Egypt
Philippines
Finland
Chile
Ireland
Pakistan
Greece
Portugal
Kazakhstan
Algeria
Czech Republic
Qatar
Peru
Romania
Vietnam
LIST OF TABLES
Table 1:
Key Findings In 2020
Table 2:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Table 3:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Table 4:
Per Capita Consumption, By Country, 2018–2020
Table 5:
Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 6:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 7:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 8:
Import Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2007–2020
Table 9:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 10:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 11:
Export Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2007–2020
LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 2:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Figure 3:
Consumption, By Country, 2020
Figure 4:
Market Forecast To 2025
Figure 5:
Products: Market Size And Growth, By Type
Figure 6:
Products: Average Per Capita Consumption, By Type
Figure 7:
Products: Exports And Growth, By Type
Figure 8:
Products: Export Prices And Growth, By Type
Figure 9:
Production Volume And Growth
Figure 10:
Exports And Growth
Figure 11:
Export Prices And Growth
Figure 12:
Market Size And Growth
Figure 13:
Per Capita Consumption
Figure 14:
Imports And Growth
Figure 15:
Import Prices
Figure 16:
Production, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 17:
Production, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 18:
Production, By Country, 2020
Figure 19:
Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 20:
Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 21:
Imports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 22:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 23:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 24:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 25:
Import Prices, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 26:
Exports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 27:
Exports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 28:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 29:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 30:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 31:
Export Prices, 2007–2020

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