Big pulp: Continued domestic demand and emerging economies will support growth

Over the past five years, industry operators have experienced revenue volatility due to fluctuations in both input prices and exchange rates between major trading partners. Industry profit margins also exhibited volatility over the past five years. However, many timber and paper product manufacturers that also operate pulp manufacturing plants within the industry have successfully shifted their focus away from traditional paper product manufacturing in favor of greater wood pulp production. Over the five years to 2022, continual demand from both domestic purchasers of pulp-based consumer staples and emerging economies' paper manufacturers will support industry growth...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Steady demand from emerging economies’ paper manufacturers will help support industry growth
  • Rising profitability has encouraged new entry into the industry
  • Industry revenue is forecast to recover over the next five years largely due to demand from emerging economies' paper product manufacturers
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Wood pulp mills exhibit a moderate level of capital intensity. Investments to capital and equipment play a significant role in the industry's manufacturing activities, due to the necessity of heavy machinery and equipment to convert paper inputs into malleable intermediary pulp products in large quantities. This industry also deals with highly toxic chemicals, which means some industry processes cannot be safely completed without the use of machinery. In addition, industry technological advances have focused on improving labor productivity through the use of machinery and computers.Mills have invested in fiber recapture and recycling technology over the past five years, both of which make use of automated technology. Whi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wood Pulp Mills Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Wood Pulp 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 Trade-weighted index and World price of wood pulp in the Wood Pulp Mills industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wood Pulp Mills Industry?

    Wood pulp mills primarily manufacture pulp without processing it into paper or paperboard. The pulp is made by separating the cellulose fibers from impurities in wood or other materials such as used or recycled rags, linters, scrap paper and straw.

    Industry Products
  • Bleached sulfate pulp
  • Unbleached sulfate pulp
  • Mechanical pulp
  • Semichemical wood pulp
  • Dissolving wood pulp
  • Bleached and unbleached sulfite pulp
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing chemical, mechanical or semichemical wood pulp
  • Manufacturing pulp from other materials such as bagasse, linters, rags, straw and wastepaper
  • De-inking recovered paper to make de-inked pulp
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Trade-weighted index
  • World price of wood pulp
  • Demand from sanitary paper product manufacturing
  • Demand from paper mills
  • Demand from paperboard mills

  • Current Performance
  • Profit fluctuations
  • Globalization drives demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit stability
  • Exchange rate dynamics
  • Table: Wood Pulp Mills Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Paper Mills
  • Paperboard Mills
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Product Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Logging
  • Lubricant Oil Manufacturing
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Sand & Gravel Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Bleached sulfate pulp
  • Unbleached sulfate pulp
  • Semichemical wood pulp
  • Mechanical pulp
  • Dissolving wood pulp
  • Bleached and unbleached sulfite pulp
  • Chart: Wood Pulp Mills Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Domestic demand
  • Foreign markets

  • Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Paper, cardboard and paper product manufacturers
  • Print publishers
  • Commercial printers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wood Pulp Mills Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesDepreciationWagesRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Wood Pulp Mills

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Domtar Corporation, International Paper Co., Resolute Forest Products, Sappi Limited,
  • Table: Domtar Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: International Paper Co. - financial performance
  • Table: Resolute Forest Products - financial performance
  • Table: Sappi Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wood Pulp 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 Wood Pulp 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)
  • World price of wood pulp (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • The fibrous residue remaining after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice.
  • Effluent
  • Waste water expelled by a building or manufacturing facility.
  • Kenaf
  • An annual or biennial herbaceous plant that is used to produce rope, twine, coarse cloth and paper.
  • Kraft
  • A strong and relatively coarse paper produced from the chemical pulp of softwood processed by the kraft process.
  • Linter
  • The short fibers that cling to cottonseeds after the first ginning.
  • Market Pulp
  • Pulp that is sold to other manufacturers (not processed into paper in the same facility).
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