Exclusive Report: The global pulp and paper industry was valued at US$ 717.2 Bn in 2021

Global Pulp and Paper Industry Highlights:


The global market pulp industry was valued at US$ 66.6 Bn in 2021 and is estimated to reach US$ 94.3 Bn by the end of 2030. The global paper products industry was valued at US$ 650.6 Bn in 2021 and is estimated to reach US$ 832.4 Bn by the end of 2030.


Pulp is a primary raw material used to make numerous end products such as tissues, printing and writing papers, hygiene, and other paper and paperboard products. The pulp and paper companies are also working towards identifying new application categories utilizing wood pulp.


The global pulp industry is reliant on economic growth, international trade, and the rate of adoption of fiber based products. The major portion of produced pulp (also known as integrated pulp) i.e. 62% of total pulp market, gets converted into end products at the production site itself; while the remaining portion of total pulp i.e. market pulp is sold in open market to end paper product manufactures. The market pulp industry is expected to grow at decent CAGR value of 3.07%, in terms of volume, during 2020-2030. It is analysed that almost 92% of pulp is produced from mechanical processes. Two major species of pulp are hardwood pulp and softwood pulp. The hardwood pulp is primarily produced in Indonesia, Latin America, Northern US, Southern Canada and a few parts of Russia. The softwood pulp is primarily produced in Canada, Nordic countries and the Southern US. The hardwood pulp accounts for 56% and the softwood pulp accounts for 44% of global market pulp industry.


The global paper products market volume was pegged at 425.2 Mn MT in 2021 and is expected to expand at a CAGR value of 1.31% to reach at 478.2 Mn MT by the end of 2030. The growing demand for sustainable or eco-friendly packaging and rising demand from sanitary and household applications (for e.g. tissue paper, wet wipes, and disposable paper cutlery) will drive the global paper products market during the forecast period.


In an industry already challenged with the varying cost of the pulp prices in different regions of the world, the current competition from the Asian manufacturers has impacted operating margins of many pulp, paper and packaging companies present across the Europe and North America region. The Asian manufacturers have significant cost advantage due to close proximity of forest resources to their manufacturing facilities and lower labor costs. The western countries will also face increased pressure from the current and future ban on waste paper imports by the China and a few SEA countries.


The 54.2% of global hardwood pulp capacity expansion is expected to take place in APAC region and the 100% of global softwood pulp capacity expansion is expected to take place in Europe region.


Global pulp and paper industry dynamics

  • Pricing pressures to impact pulp industry performance.

  • Global demand for tissue and hygiene products is the leading source of demand growth for market pulp.

  • Infant diapers account for 83% of the global diapers market.

  • Fiber replacement to create enormous opportunities for virgin fiber companies.

  • Fossil to Fiber substitution is the future of materials

  • Lightweight packaging lowers environment footprint.

  • Growth instability in few product segments might hamper future prospects.

  • Effective implementation of cost optimization measures to improve operating margins is the major challenge in the industry.

  • Growing deforestation in pulp and paper industry is a major threat to environment.

The market information in the global pulp and paper market report is segmented on the basis of regions, product type and application type.


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