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

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The rising percentage of services conducted online continues to prolong the industry’s gradual decline
  • Demand for paper in the United States is in the midst of a long-term decline
  • Growing preference for electronic communication will continue to hamper revenue

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    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. 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 2022, the industry will continue to encounter challenges, particularly as paper purchases from print publishing industries gradually wane...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Paper Mills industry has a moderate level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that in 2017, for every $1.00 spent on labor, the industry will invest $0.25 in capital. Capital investments are often put toward repairs and modifications of pulp-mashing machinery and papermaking equipment, with wholesale purchases of new machinery occurring infrequently. The industry's moderate level of capital intensity is due to the significant mechanization required to produce paper products in mass quantities. Industry capital intensity has increased over the past five years due to growing competition from foreign countries such as Japan, Finland and Germany, countries in which paper and pulp products are manufactured with new capital and, in some cases, lower wages. Ind..

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    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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    Industry Products

    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
    Toilet tissue
    Paper towels
    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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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

  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Newsprint
  • Toilet tissue
  • Other sanitary products
  • Paper towels
  • 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
    Competitive Landscape
    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 competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Paper Mills Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Verso Corporation
  • Table: Verso Corporation - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Paper Mills Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Price of paper (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    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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