Import dominated, Thailand faces strong regional competition

The Kingdom of Thailand has the second largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. The World Bank classifies Thailand as an upper-middle-income economy. The CIA World Factbook ranked Thailand’s economic GDP as 21st in purchasing power parity with exports accounting for about two-thirds of this value. Their economy grew at an estimated rate of...

Tissue use poised for a big stride forward in Thailand

With lower tissue consumption per capita than its neighbouring countries in 2017, Thailand still has much room for growth to fulfil its potential. Demand for retail and AfH tissue is set to rise due to various factors such as increasing private consumption, urbanisation and government initiatives to boost tourism. Furthermore, strong  value growth for...

Mexico consumer tissue: fundamentals and soft drivers – what does the future hold?

Mexico – the second largest economy in Latin America – has grown slower than most other large Latin American countries for more than a decade and continues to grow at a modest pace. Growth of private consumption has slowed down, and fears of a disorderly renegotiation of NAFTA weigh on the growth outlook. Disposable income per capita in Mexico...

Mexico: Exports – and NAFTA renegotiations – are becoming vital

Mexico’s tissue business continues to evolve to take advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since implementation in 1994. Mexico has free trade agreements with over 50 countries, but trade with NAFTA neighbours Canada and United States represents the bulk of external tissue flows. This article will focus on reviewing the Mexican...

Strong investment is key for Papel San Francisco

The Mexican pioneer will target AfH to keep ahead of a tissue market growth trend up to 4.5% annually. By Helen Morris, Senior Editor, Tissue World magazine. It was no surprise when the world’s first Advantage NTT tissue line was started up by a Mexican company in 2013. Located in Mexicali on the Mexican/US border, TWM speaks to PSF operations director Dario...

Northern USA: Where are you on the axis of survival?

By Bill Burns, Senior consultant, Fisher International With the constantly changing habits of US consumers continuing to challenge tissue companies across America’s tissue belt, being fit for purpose is more crucial than ever. What a difference a few degrees of latitude make. This issue of TWM focuses on northern USA so we’ll see what a profile of the...

US tissue: mature demand, highly competitive landscape and future growth opportunities

With 21kg per capita total tissue consumption in 2016, the US is one of the most saturated tissue markets in the world. Total demand for consumer and AfH tissue is expected to grow by less than 1% per year from 2016 to 2021. In a market that is already highly developed, demand is thus largely driven by fundamentals such as growth in GDP and population...

Consumer tissue in Nigeria: Focus on affordability

Despite the economic recession in Nigeria in 2016 and slow recovery in 2017, retail tissue sales maintained their upward trajectory, recording an increase in volume of 1% in 2016. Sales are expected to see healthy growth over the next five years, at a 5% CAGR through 2021, to add 14,000 tonnes in incremental sales. Nigerian tissue consumption still...

Nigeria – solid GDP but significant population-to-capacity gap

Nigeria, with its oil wealth and sizable population (190 million, or more than half the population of the USA - it’s the most populous country in Africa) has been an economic powerhouse by many measures for quite some time. Yet it also typifies a phenomenon among certain rapidly developing countries for a stubborn resistance to the Tissue and Towel...

Can tissue demand in the AfH space compensate for limited retail growth opportunities in Japan?

As one of the most developed economies in the world with a declining population, Japan shows limited volume growth opportunities for FMCG products in general. Tissue products are no exception. With 2016 retail tissue volume at over one million tonnes sold and estimated unmet potential of less than 400,000 tonnes, tissue manufacturers such as Nippon...

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