Pulp friction: Restructuring among major players will generate additional revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Wood Pulp Mills market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Steady demand from emerging economies’ paper manufacturers will help support industry growth
  • Profit has been volatile due to commodity prices and industry downsizing
  • Industry revenue is forecast to recover over the next five years largely due to demand from emerging economies' paper product manufacturers

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    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. Despite uncertainty surrounding the longevity of paper products and wood pulp inputs, industry revenue is anticipated to grow in 2016. Over the five years to 2016, the industry has experienced slight annualized revenue decline. Over the five years to 2021, revenue is projected to grow, supported by continual demand from both domestic purchases of pulp-based consume staples and emerging economies' paper manufacturers...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    In 2016, the Wood Pulp Mills industry is estimated to have a moderate level of market share concentration, with the four largest mills accounting for 60.3% of industry revenue. Industry market share concentration has declined somewhat over the past five years, because many large operators have struggled to maintain pulp-based growth while others have shuttered plants entirely. Demand from emerging economies increased over the past five years, which made up for limited demand from European and other mature economies. As a result, several major players have restructured operations over the past five years. International Paper Company reopened a Franklin, VA mill in 2012. Resolute Forest Products also fully integrated the three mills that came with the Fibrek acquisition in 2011.


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    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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    Industry Products

    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

    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
  • 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
  • Trade stalls
  • Table: Wood Pulp Mills Industry Revenue Outlook

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

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    Weyerhaeuser Co.International Paper Co.Domtar Corporation Sappi LimitedResolute Forest Products
  • Table: Weyerhaeuser Co. - financial performance
  • Table: International Paper Co. - financial performance
  • Table: Domtar Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Sappi Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Resolute Forest Products - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Wood Pulp Mills Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • World price of wood pulp (2007-2021)

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