Global Trends
Consolidation, vertical integration and globalization are three trends affecting the containerboard and corrugated industries, according to Mark Wilde, managing director of BMO Capital Markets. Wilde provided an update on North American containerboard and corrugated markets at the annual meeting of AICC Canada in September.
In a new report, Moody’s analysts highlight the headwinds facing boxboard prices as enhancements to capacity come online, in addition to the supply overhang in China and Europe and the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar weighing on coated recycled board (CRB) tonnage.
Improved prices and demand for lumber and Canadian/US dollar exchange rate positively affected the overall performance of Canadian-based forest products companies in the first quarter, according to the PwC Forestry Paper and Packaging (FPP) Net Earnings Summary for the first quarter of 2016.
Pulp mills in Eastern Canada may have become more competitive following sharply declining wood costs the past four years. Wood costs reached their lowest levels in 15 years in the first quarter of 2016, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
Exports of wood pellets from North America totaled 6.1 million tons in 2015, which is almost four times as much as in 2010, according to the latest issue of the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the second half of 2015, export volumes from Southern Gulf ports were up almost 70 per cent.
Demand for corrugated and paperboard boxes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 2.6 per cent per year to US$41.2 billion in 2020, as both nondurable goods manufacturing and retail sales post healthy gains, according to The Freedonia Group.
Economic output by Alberta’s forest sector grew in 2015, marking the fourth consecutive year of increases. The forestry sector saw the value of its products rise by five per cent – or $150 million – last year, following growth of eight per cent in 2014, 14 per cent in 2013, and nine per cent in 2012.
TORONTO – It’s a new day for Canada’s cleantech industry, which is on the verge of taking a significant leap forward.
The outlook for the global paper and forest products industry is stable, says Moody's Investors Service. The ratings agency’s outlook reflects expectations that the consolidated operating income of the 46 paper and forest product companies that Moody's rates globally will increase by zero to two per cent over the next 12-18 months.
Data is the lifeblood of business today, and it’s not easy digging through it to uncover insightful, actionable intelligence. That’s one takeaway from a survey of 600 IT decision-makers in large U.S., Canadian and Western European organizations. The “Digitization at Work” report from Xerox shows the move from paper to digital processes is nearly upon us, however, many survey respondents admit they may not be ready for it.
Large hygiene markets and fast growing nonwovens will drive global growth for fluff pulp, according to a new report from Smithers Pira, The Future of Fluff Pulp to 2020.
The industry can expect continued volatility as North American and global lumber markets continue to recover and grow, according to the five-year forecast produced by International Wood Markets Group.
A couple of recent announcements out of Quebec are indicative of wider trends in newspaper publishing.
The renewable attributes of nanocellulose will promote its increased adoption, concludes a new report from Transparency Market Research.
The global paper packaging materials market is expected to reach US$391.17 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.

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