Developments in the China Pulp Market: Comprehensive Analysis and Outlook

Even as China’s domestic growth slows, its outsized influence on global fiber markets continues to expand. Prepare your business for ongoing changes with the latest edition of this popular Fastmarkets RISI Special Study.

Get 10-year forecasts of China’s pulp demand, production, consumption and imports – and much more.

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Developments in the China Pulp Market: A Comprehensive Analysis and Outlook shows you every step of the supply chain – broken down by company, country, region, and grade – in more detail than any other single research product.

Demand-side details

  • Identifies the companies that drive the market, including important traders and producers of graphic paper, boxboard, containerboard, and tissue.
  • Presents profiles of market leaders and key participants, including mill locations, fiber mix, capacities and more.
  • Analyzes end-use markets and furnish share trends that will drive future demand.
  • Breaks down imports of fiber and pulp by category, country of origin, and usage by Chinese industry.

Supply-side analysis

  • Surveys global suppliers of wood and non-wood fiber and recovered paper to China – plus foreign sources of finished pulp.
  • Compiles BHK, BCTMP, and non-wood pulp production costs in China.
  • Compares Chinese pulp production cost economics to other key regions.
  • Estimates pulp capacity in China, including non-wood pulp capacity.

Will growth stall or come back strong? Make sense of mixed signals in the world’s largest market

After an unprecedented 20+ year growth trend, China’s GDP expansion slowed markedly in 2018. Pulp prices have also moderated,
falling back from a spike that began in 2017. Will growth stall for pulp and paper, or will it resume over the next decade?

Conflicting trends – both in China and in key trading partners – complicate the outlook for every step of the supply chain.

Demand and output face potential constraints…

Demand for graphic paper and packaging is affected by technological change, and suppliers face challenges from government policies – including a potential trade war with the US.

…But growing wealth and strong fundamentals can still drive expansion

Despite these headwinds, pulp and paper consumption will be sustained by growing wealth and ongoing investments throughout the industry. But the mix of products that consumers demand will evolve, as will the fiber furnish shares used to meet this demand.

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