Initial volatility linked to post-Brexit trade relationships ‘unlikely’ to be reflected in UK Tissue fundamentals

Imports equate to approximately 38% of Britain’s tissue consumption. Most of its fibre is non-EU supplied, and parent rolls and advanced process finished products could look to Turkey and the US to replace France and Italy. The tissue business in the United Kingdom is part of machine-made paper manufacturing’s oldest history. The modern papermaking...

Surge in e-tailing as UK consumers embrace technology for tissue

With a high level of market penetration a challenge for organic growth, the industry looks for new revenue streams to reach unmet potential at 93,000 tonnes – US$500m of sales. Demand for consumer tissue in the UK is largely shaped by core fundamental factors, such as market saturation, general commodity status of the products, population trends, the...

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...