Global Overview of the Forestry, Wood and Paper Industry

October 2021

The briefing examines how 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’s costs, industry’s 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

Expanding online sales

During COVID-19 lockdowns, booming online sales are projected to maintain solid growth pace over 2021-2025, driving demand for paper and cardboard packaging and corrugated boxes used for deliveries. Strong demand will support the paper industry’s growth.

Big data and digitalisation

Digital innovations allow wood and paper products 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 production improvements.

Rise of recyclable products

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

Anti-plastic sentiment

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

Examining four trends shaping the forestry, wood and paper industry
COVID-19: Impact on forestry, wood and paper products
COVID-19 setback cushioned by rising usage of disposable paper products and packaging
Production value to fully recover in 2021
China and the US to continue dominating global industry
Profit margins to remain stable, despite contraction during COVID-19
Exports to accelerate as economies across the globe recover from COVID-19 recession
Expanding B2B demand to drive imports growth in largest economies
B 2B demand to drive market growth
American companies continue leading production of paper-based consumer goods
Total number of companies rises as market potential grows
Industry concentration to remain rather low
China and the US to drive future production value growth
Swift construction rebound and solid e-commerce fostered the industry’s rapid recovery
Key future trends shaping the global industry
China : Industry saw swift recovery from COVID-19 shock
Solid construction growth and intensifying sustainability trend to drive expanding demand
US : Wood and paper industry bounces back from COVID-19-caused economic downturn
Packaging to see accelerating growth on the back of sustainability trend and e-commerce
Japan : Industry’s growth to remain moderate
Recovery to be hindered by elevated global wood prices
Germany : Industry is quick to mitigate the COVID-19 shock
Industry to be driven by resurgence of exports and recovering construction
India : Industry remains resilient to COVID-19 shock
Industry’s demand to be driven by reviving construction and solid e-commerce expansion
Canada : Industry sees swift recovery
Rebounding construction and booming e-commerce to stimulate industry’s recovery
Indonesia : Industry sees solid recovery after COVID-19 decline
Indonesian forestry industry’s growth to be driven by booming global demand for wood
Finland : Industry bounces back from COVID-19 shock
Industry’s growth to be driven by booming construction and shift from plastic packaging
Italy : Industry bounces back from COVID-19 downturn
Wood industry to be stimulated by reviving construction and infrastructure developments
France : Wood and paper demand saw fast recovery from COVID-19 caused decline
Industry to grow on a back of reviving construction and shift from plastic to paper packaging


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