Retail tissue in France: finding pockets of growth in a highly mature market

Retail tissue in France recorded sluggish volume sales growth in 2018 to reach 616,000 tonnes. Forecasts for the next five years are not much more optimistic. Indeed, retail tissue sales are projected to register a 0.6% volume CAGR over the next five years in the Hexagon.Saturated market with little room for significant future growthWith 9.5kg per capita in...

A post-nuclear future… France faces its electric power generation dilemma

The French tissue business does not have as long a history as the United States or Germany, but it continues to be unique in tissue product flair and operations. From yellow vests to ubiquitous pink toilet paper, France continues to set its own style. One of the major production differences is the nuclear electric power generation which will be discussed...

Germans are serious about sustainability, and it’s driving the nation’s tissue performance

The economic powerhouse has slowed of late, but despite European regulatory changes underway – fibre costs, exchange rates, environmental targets – Germany’s strong costs base points towards continued strength. The German tissue business has a long history, beginning with a patent on a paper handkerchief registered in January 1929 by Nuremberg...

Consumer tissue in Germany: maturity, private label pressures, and value-added innovation

With nearly 11kg per capita retail tissue consumption in 2017, Germany is the third most saturated market in Western Europe, just behind Ireland and Austria. Subsequently, the demand for tissue and organic growth have been slow, with retail sales expected to register a volume CAGR of just 0.7% between 2017 and 2022.Furthermore, there is very little unmet...

China: Health awareness and product upgrades drive consumer tissue market

Driven by consumers’ rising hygiene and health consciousness as well as upgrades to tissue quality and variety, the retail tissue market recorded healthy growth in 2017 in China, in both value and volume. Growth is also expected to remain strong in the next five years, through to 2022. Rising raw materials costs have been passed on to consumers in the form...

China steps up industry revamp to target massive untapped potential

As the global tissue leader re-structures its entire economy by turning inward, natural gas, faster machinery, TAD pilot scale experiments, integrated plants and expanded e-commerce are just part of its strategy. China has taken the lead in tissue production, and total consumption in the last ten years. Because its per capita tissue consumption still lags...

Impressive growth potential with tissue consumption at less than half the west European average

Turkey is an emerging market country with the 17th largest economy in the world ($2.133 Trillion GDP). GDP growth has been strong, averaging 6% CAGR until recently, with concerns over the current account balances and depreciating value of the Turkish lira versus the dollar. This has tempered investor confidence at a time when the economy is dependent on...

Turkey: economy, urbanisation and expansion of modern grocery retail drives growth in tissue

Steady growth of Turkey’s economy Turkey has demonstrated an outstanding economic growth performance over the last 15 years. GDP has tripled, and the number of foreign enterprises has increased more than fivefold, largely thanks to harmonising its laws and regulations with EU standards. In 2017, although the Turkish lira markedly depreciated against...

UAE: Imports and costs dominate but emission curves suggest competitive position in future

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was formed from a merger of six states in 1971 (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain), with Ras Al Khaimah joining in 1972. The United Nations (UN) estimated the country’s total population at a little over 9.4m in July 2017, with immigrants  making up more than 88% of the total population. According...

Retail tissue in the UAE: value, pricing pressures, and outlook for the coming years

The UAE’s economic performance is expected to improve in 2018 but remain below trend for the next several years. Real GDP is expected to grow by 3.4% in 2018, following a 1.3% increase in 2017. A large increase in fiscal spending, led by Dubai’s preparations for the 2020 World Expo, will be the major driver of the economy. A rise in oil prices also...

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