July / August 2016

DEPARTMENT NEWS: Frontissues: Colombians like what they see with tissue Marketissues: “Exceptionally strong growth” at 4% for the global tissue industry in 2015 Exitissues: CMPC created a costs virtue out of an energy necessity   FEATURES: Country Report: Colombia: Middle class rise prompts growth even as economy slows Country Report: Colombia –...

Colombians like what they see with tissue

Before the recent setback, Colombia had ranked as high as 34th in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” index, up from 53rd in 2013. That is above larger economies such as Brazil and Mexico – and above Belgium and Italy. While it is placed at 54th place this year, in the Americas the country’s reputation as a gateway to the south and launch pad to the...

Colombia: Middle class rise prompts growth even as economy slows

By Euromonitor International’s Svetlana Uduslivaia Colombia was one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America over 2005-2014, resulting in rising disposable incomes and expansion of the middle class. By 2015, the number of middle-class households in the country had reached 3.2 million, or 24.2% of the total households. As in other developing...

Colombia – sluggish T&T market tied to adverse conditions

By Fisher International’s Bill Burns   Colombia, the second most populous country in South America (with ¼ the population of Brazil), has been in the midst of a demographic transition with steady...

“Exceptionally strong growth” at 4% for the global tissue industry in 2015

By Esko Uutela Last year was “above-average” for the global tissue business with worldwide tissue consumption growing to 34.8 million tonnes, up by more than 1.3 million tonnes from 2014. TWM hears from RISI’s principal, tissue, Esko Uutela Although the statistics for last year are not yet available for all countries in the world, 2015 was an above-average...

Hard discounting is reshaping the Colombian market

Growth in low price own label products has meant a strategy rethink for value added producers. Tissue World editor Helen Morris reports. César Augusto Solano Velandia, the general manager for Papeles Nacionales, is a very busy man. The company’s site is based in the outskirts of Cartago, and when TWM arrives we are immediately greeted by scorching...

Tomas is shocked to discover that he’s a big tissue user after all

Originally from the Czech Republic, Tomáš Tvrz, 28, has lived and worked for several years in the UK and also in Canada. He talks to TWM about his tissue buying preferences. “ When I first thought about this I couldn’t come up with any answers apart from toilet paper and paper towel, but after giving it some thought I realised that there are many other...

PIX Pulp indices 31.5.2016

By FOEX Indexes’ Lars Halén and Timo Teräs   NBSK pulp Europe Producer country statistics from PPPC were not very good in April in terms of delivery volumes. But substantial losses of production in both BSKP and BHKP grades led to a decrease in producer stocks. European consumer stocks and port stocks came down as well. Total market pulp shipments...

Just how committed are consumers – and the industry – to eco-friendly products?

The strongest motivations fade when set against the cost. Pirkko Petäjä, principal, Pöyry Management Consulting, explains the hard-nosed reality behind the environmental issue. Corporate social and environmental responsibility is commonly claimed to be a factor in the decision making when buying a consumer product. In fact, according to surveys only some 16%...

Tissue colour safety standards have got tougher … and will get tougher still

Only a rapid and flexible response to the increasing safety concerns of legislators and consumers will succeed. Here, Simon Boyd, global product manager colourants, Paper Solutions Business, Archroma, offers one company’s priority in setting up essential best practice.   In future tissue colourants will need to meet ever-higher compliance standards as...