Canadian tissue marketplace continues to battle soft demand

Real GDP is expected to grow by 1.8% in 2017, following a gain of 1.3% in 2016. Real growth of private final consumption was 1.8% in 2016 and an increase of 1.5% is predicted for 2017. Annual disposable income per capita totaled CAD31,797 (USD23,990) in 2016, with projected growth by 0.2% in real terms in 2017. Over 2016-2030, total disposable income is...

The pulp giant planning a stronger future in tissue

By Helen Morris, Senior Editor, Tissue World Magazine No ‘Country Report’ from Canada would be complete without referencing its mighty forests. Canfor Pulp in British Colombia is surrounded by an unrivalled natural resource bound for a bigger share of the global quality premium market. To the managers of Canfor Pulp’s Northwood mill in Prince...

Cascades… the new major player determined to keep the personal touch

By Helen Morris, Senior Editor, Tissue World Magazine With a $64m start-up on American’s west coast just part of a major makeover, the Canadian company is now a big player with a small company ethos. Cascades Tissue Group has been very busy over the past year and a half – a period of time that has seen it evolve and rebrand into a new global tissue...

Canada – a ten-year T&T capacity retrospective

By Bill Burns, Senior consultant, Fisher International Over the past ten years (2007-2017) the pulp and paper industry has experienced a market shake up. Grades like Newsprint and Printing & Writing have lost significant user base as  electronic media gains in acceptance and popularity. The capacity trend for these two grades indicates a whopping...

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,...

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