Paper jam: Foreign competition and declining demand for paper will continue to plague industry mills

The Paper Mills industry has struggled over the past five years due to competition from foreign paper manufacturers and persistently declining demand for paper products, and thus, revenue has declined over the five years to 2018. Industry operators have toiled with concerns surrounding the increasing popularity of online communication, which has significantly reduced demand for traditional paper products. Furthermore, operators in the United States are no longer the world's largest producers of paper, having been overtaken by Chinese manufacturers, which has caused industry exports to decline. Over the five years to 2023, the industry will continue to encounter challenges, particularly as paper purchases from print publishing industries gradually wane...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$42bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-4.1%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
56,110
Businesses
271

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators have toiled with concerns surrounding the increasing popularity of online communication
  • Total industry establishments have fallen as a result of competition
  • There will be increasing pressure on mills to maintain or reduce prices for industry products
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Communication papersThe communication papers category consists of a wide range of coated and uncoated printing and writing papers that are typically used for both private and commercial use. Printing and writing papers are used for commercial printing, stationery, office and business printing, business forms, envelopes and newspaper and trade book publishing. Other papers accounted for in this product group include bristol papers, which are a heavy-duty alternative to traditional paper and are typically used to make greeting cards and book covers. Newsprint, which is typically made using a low-cost, uncoated and very light grade of paper, is also manufactured by paper mills. Due...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Paper Mills Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Paper Mills Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labor
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from paper manufacturing and Corporate profit in the Paper Mills industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Paper Mills Industry?

    The Paper Mills industry manufactures paper in paper mills from pulp, a fibrous material derived from wood. Mill operators may manufacture their own pulp or purchase it. Industry products include paper rolls and reams, including printing and writing paper, newsprint, packaging material and household papers. These products are sold in bulk to individual consumers, businesses and downstream manufacturers who may further convert the industry’s products into specialty paper products.

    Industry Products
  • Newsprint
  • Toilet tissue
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Facial tissue
  • Other sanitary products
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing rolls of printing paper, writing paper, packaging paper and industrial paper from pulp
  • Manufacturing clay-coated paper
  • Manufacturing absorbent sanitary and tissue paper
  • Manufacturing newsprint
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from paper manufacturing
  • Corporate profit
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Price of paper
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Industry consolidation
  • Downstream demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Brief relief
  • Restructuring and profit
  • Trade
  • Table: Paper Mills Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Paper Mills Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Coated & Laminated Paper Manufacturing
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Printing
  • Paper Wholesaling
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Book Publishing
  • Database & Directory Publishing
  • Greeting Cards & Other Publishing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Recycling Facilities
  • Wood Pulp Mills

  • Products & Services
  • Toilet tissue
  • Other sanitary products
  • Paper towels
  • Newsprint
  • Facial tissue
  • Napkins
  • Chart: Paper Mills Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Domestic manufacturing activity
  • Foreign manufacturing activity
  • Consumer preferences

  • Major Markets
  • Print publishers and other end users
  • Wholesalers and brokers
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Paper Mills Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Paper Mills

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Paper Mills Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Verso Corporation, Domtar Corporation,
  • Table: Verso Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Domtar Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Paper Mills Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Paper Mills Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Price of paper (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Bristol Paper
  • A heavyweight paper made by layering or laminating papers together to the desired thickness.
  • Coated Paper
  • A paper that has been coated by a compound to impart certain qualities to it.
  • Newsprint
  • A low-cost, nonarchival paper that is most commonly used to print newspapers, other publications and advertising material.
  • Unbleached Kraft Paper
  • A strong and relatively coarse paper produced by the kraft process from wood pulp.
  • Uncoated Freesheet Paper
  • A paper made with chemical pulps and occasional additions of up to 10.0% mechanical fiber.
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