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...

Surge in tourists hiding the effects of Japan’s declining population

Tissue facing a challenge and an opportunity says JP Corelex Holdings president Mr. Hiroshi Kurosaki. Production balanced against demand is the key. Report by TWM senior editor Helen Morris. The first thing TWM notices on touchdown during summertime in Tokyo is the heat. Even at 7AM, the humidity is well on its way. Once inside the taxi to get to our...

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...

Universal Paper is gearing up for a move into Japan’s growing premium tissue market

By Helen Morris, Senior Editor The APP Group company’s success has been in the economy segment with 9.4% of Japan’s T&T sector last year. Now its key strategy is to follow younger consumers who want the highest quality. A TWM report. TWM first visited Japan to meet its impressive tissue industry in 2013. Meetings with mills including Doh-Ei Paper,...

High efficiency wet strength resin technology breakthrough

  Mark Zempel, Georgia-Pacific Paper Chemicals business manager, describes the path to a wet strength resin with step-change performance claims. A TWM report. For many years, wet strength resins have allowed paper producers to take paper where it normally could not be used – as a replacement for cloth (paper towels), a replacement for plastic...

Japan – emerging from stagnant growth period

By Bill Burns, Senior Consultant, Fisher International Japan, the most developed country in Asia, is the quintessential definition of an economic miracle emerging from the defeat and economic devastation of World War II to become the world’s second largest economy after the US until China claimed that position in recent years. Supported by the government...

Tissue and towel sustainability: how next-generation chemicals can enhance sustainable development

By Richard Cho, global marketing director, Solenis. A TWM report. Sustainability is often defined as a requirement of the current generation to manage resources effectively so that future generations can enjoy a similar quality of life. For tissue and towel manufacturers, the three most vital resources to manage are fibre, energy and water. In recent...

Delivery economy – centre store online?

The retail sector is going through a transition. Everything can be purchased by a click of a mouse, or a swipe on an app, and get delivered to your doorstep, including tissue and hygiene products. Major retailers, including Walmart and Target, are fighting against stagnant retail store sales. Based on reports by CNN, there have been 5,300 retail store...

TWM Interview: Manuel Dizon, CEO – International, Global Tissue Business Unit, Asia Pulp & Paper

Manuel Dizon joined Asia Pulp & Paper as CEO – International, Global Tissue Business Unit in January 2017. He has more than 20 years of general management, sales, and marketing experience with companies including Coca-Cola, Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble. A TWM report. TWM/1 What is your vision for APP’s AfH and retail tissue products...

All is not well for North American tissue producers

As brand loyalty is slowly eroding in the US, Europe’s leading discounters are set for major expansions. Report for TWM by RBC Capital’s markets analyst Paul Quinn. Change is afoot. Branded tissue products will soon see a ramp up in competition from private label and even private label is expected to see some margin compression as European discounters...

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