Brazil: P&P on a sharp positive trend despite country’s rollercoaster economic performance

By Bill Burns, Senior Consultant, Fisher International Brazil’s economy was in a strong growth cycle when the global financial crisis of 2008 hit, when its GDP growth rate plummeted from 4+% down to zero. However, recovery from the crisis was swift and strong with GDP bouncing back 7.5% in 2010. Since then, the economy has been contracting year to year...

Brazil consumer tissue: lingering effects of economic downturn

Brazil’s economy has experienced one of its worst recessions, with real GDP contracting once again by 3.4% in 2016. With economic downturn, the value of private final consumption fell by 3.5% in 2015 and only a marginal increase of 0.5% is expected in 2017. Rise in unemployment, the tightening of credit conditions and decline of household incomes,...

Italy – T&T capacity leader in Western Europe

By Bill Burns, Senior Consultant, Fisher International Italy is traditionally a major player in the story of tissue and today remains the capacity leader in the Western European market. Comparisons to competing countries within Italy’s natural market provide a good overview of these local market areas. This article has the added twist that it...

Italy: Growth in consumer tissue sales hampered by market maturity and sluggish economy

One of the largest economies in Europe and in the world, Italy has gone through a period of significant economic and financial downturn. The country’s economy contracted for three years since 2011, while real disposable income of households declined dramatically. In 2015, real GDP rose by only 0.8% and demonstrated a similar trend in 2016. The level...

Converting technology sector in positive mood heading into 2017

Despite a modest 1.5% GDP growth forecast for the EU and a world economy still emerging from a lacklustre 2016, research by TWM sees Italy’s major companies expecting strong performances in 2017-18. By Martin Bayliss. Italy’s tissue converting industry suppliers are bullish about prospects for the next couple of years, according to research in January...

Focus on Sweden: a nation of tissue lovers

By Marcus Hellberg, Head of marketing and business development at Södra Cell Ten million Swedes are second only to the US in per capita consumption. It’s all down to a historic affinity with the trees and forests covering the landscape … from sapling to harvest providing jobs, buildings, homes, membership of an exclusive club of tissue net-exporters,...

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