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Posted By:Apr 3, 2015
 Have a look at this video and see:

- The pulp and paper industry’s resources are cascaded across the sectors
- its products are recycled at world class rates
- the water it uses is reused, cleaned and returned to the source
- and it collaborates with other sectors to close even more loops

For more information on the pulp and paper industry, go to http://www.cepi.org 
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Posted By:adminApr 1, 2015

In addition to the company becoming the first upstream supplier to join the new German based Partnership on Sustainable Textiles, EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has now lined up plantations that can provide more than 3 million tons of raw fiber annually to the pulp industry. These plantations are certified under the same international certification standards currently recognized by the pulp industry, which will allow bamboo pulp to be fed directly into the supply chain.

 
EcoPlanet is investing into leapfrogging technology to ensure that their bamboo fiber maintains its viability as a green alternative, throughout the length of the supply chain.
 
Only time will tell if bamboo will be the fiber that causes a paradigm shift as more fiber based materials are needed from everything from growing global tissue/paper/textile production to clean energy from cellulosic sources (cellulosic ethanol from fast growing tree farms) designed to absorb carbon as they are produced.
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Posted By:adminMar 27, 2015

World demand for paper and paperboard is forecast to grow to 482 million metric tons in 2030, equaling an increase of 1.1% per year, according to the new global paper market study “World Paper Markets up to 2030” by Pöyry Management Consulting, Finland. The study forecasts the demand for more than 80 countries and country groups, and 10 product areas, including graphic, tissue, and packaging papers.

The demand for paper varies depending on type and region. The graphic paper market is facing huge challenges in particular, while increasing digitalization is shrinking demand for newsprint and other printing papers, as well as uncoated and coated wood-containing and wood-free papers. According to the Pöyry study, the demand for tissue paper, containerboards, and cartonboards will, however, grow up to 2030. This is driven by increasing packaging needs in emerging markets, booming eCommerce, and the growing demand for convenience food and consumer goods brands. The annual consumption of packaging material and tissue/hygiene products will, thus, rise by up to 2.9%.

Focusing on regional growth markets, it can be found that the demand for paper continues to grow in the emerging markets, such as China and India. This is due to the increasing population, urbanization, and the development of a new middle class. In Japan, North America, and Western Europe, on the other hand, the demand will decrease by around 0.8% per year up to 2030.

“Since 1950 the production of paper has continually grown. But the past five to six years were extremely challenging for the global paper industry, in particular for companies in Western markets,“ said Timo Suhonen from Pöyry Management Consulting.

As a result, Pöyry experts forecast a strong need for structural changes in the paper industry. “Especially in Western Europe we find an urgent need for further capacity reductions. After the markets in the emerging Asian regions have become more mature, the industry needs to take a more disciplined approach as to capacity expansions. Industry consolidation, acquisitions, mergers, and alliances start making more sense there, too,“ Suhonen adds. “In the past, exits from the graphic paper industry sometimes turned to entries into the packaging paper and paperboard sector through a conversion of the machines. However, this move would probably be the least painful one for multi-sector companies and always has to be decided on a case-by-case basis.“

The latest Pöyry Insight study “World Paper Markets up to 2030” addresses these and many other significant market issues that are of current strategic interest for all business participants, including pulp and paper companies, suppliers of machinery, equipment, chemicals and related inputs, investors, financiers, institutions, paper merchants, and traders and logistics companies.

Source: TAPPI (www.tappi.org)

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