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Global Overview of the Forestry, Wood and Paper Industry

August 2022

The briefing examines how the forestry, wood and paper industry performs globally and in the largest countries in terms of forestry, wood and paper output. The report also provides data for production, market size, imports, exports, industry costs, industry profitability and number of companies. The industry and market overview provide benchmarks against other countries in the region.

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Examining Four Trends Shaping the Forestry, Wood and Paper Industry

Big data and digitalisation

Digital innovations allow wood and paper product manufacturers to increase productivity and improve production quality, while big data analysis provides opportunities for better process management and production planning. Innovations in technologies will play an important role in the industry’s future development, offering cost-cutting solutions and productivity improvements.

Rise of recyclable products

Plant-based packaging materials have been gaining popularity, but solutions like waterproof coating do not allow for proper paper recycling, leading to waste piling up in landfills. Innovations allowing the application of biodegradable coatings are, however, coming into paper packaging production, allowing for fully recyclable paper products. Rising recyclability of paper products, especially packaging, will further boost industry demand.

Anti-plastic sentiment

The EU ban on single-use plastics, and growing anti-plastic sentiment are boosting demand for plant-based biodegradable products. Further investment in plastic waste reduction is set to benefit the paper and pulp industry, as viable and more sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging are sought.

Booming global energy prices

Rising energy prices boost production costs and encourage manufacturers to adjust their production processes, improve energy efficiency and seek alternative energy sources, such as bio-based fuel and renewable electricity generation.

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Examining four trends shaping the forestry, wood and paper industry
Key trends impacting the industry in 2022
After swift recovery from COVID-19 shock, the industry to maintain stable growth
Production value recorded robust growth in 2021
China and US continue to dominate global industry
Profitability bounced back after COVID-19 downturn
Exports accelerated amidst solid recovery after COVID-19 shock
Expanding B2B demand to drive growth in imports in Europe, US and China
B2B demand drives market expansion in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia
While energy prices rise, hard logs prices have dropped significantly
After a sharp rise, hard logs and pulp prices dropped to pre-pandemic levels in mid-2022
US-based paper companies continue dominating global market
Total number of companies rises as the sector witness liberalisation and decentralisation
Global industry concentration to remain rather low
China, US and Eastern Europe to drive future production value growth
Leading economies recovered from COVID-19 shock, with Brazil and Japan lagging behind
Key future trends shaping the global industry
China: Industry swiftly bounced back after COVID-19 shock
Industry to maintain growth on a back of rising global demand
US: Industry to maintain moderate growth after swift recovery in 2021
Sustainability trends and growth in e-commerce to drive demand for paper products
Japan: Industry’s growth to remain subdued amidst slow economic growth
Industry’s growth to be driven by recovering construction and rising anti-plastic sentiments
India: Industry to witness solid growth through to 2026
Growth to be driven by accelerating construction and rising demand for paper packaging
Germany: Industry recovered swiftly from COVID-19 shock and is set to maintain momentum
Rising energy prices will hamper industry’s short-term outlook
Canada: Industry to maintain moderate growth after solid recovery in 2021
Demand to continue to be driven by e-commerce and construction sector
Indonesia: Industry maintains solid growth pace
Global construction growth and rising demand for paper packaging drives industry exports
Italy: After swift post-pandemic recovery, industry’s growth to remain moderate
Infrastructure spending to drive wood demand, while private construction slows down
Finland: Moderate growth projected for Finnish forestry, wood and paper industry
Wood demand will be stimulated by the construction sector, despite expected slowdown
France: Industry to maintain moderate growth after robust rebound in 2021
Construction to remain the key buyer of wood products, despite rising interest rates
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