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...

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...

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...

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