Should the US industry be concerned by the small but growing trend of tissue coming from Asia?

Imported bath tissue, kitchen towels and napkins are being sold in discount grocery stores and large supermarket chains in Chinese, Japanese and Korean enclaves in large metropolitan areas. Will shipping costs allow that to work? Industry analyst Greg Grishchenko reports. Tissue – the paper industry’s bright spot – continues to grow steadily and...

Kimberly-Clark reaches out to advance the cause of preserving precious water

In just seven years’ time 1.8bn people will be living with absolute water scarcity. Tissue giant Kimberly-Clark (K-C) recently launched WaterLoupe, an analytical tool to advance the science of water sustainability… for its mills, the surrounding high risk river basins, for local communities, and the wider environmental source. Here, Vetrivel Dhagumudi,...

Over 200 exhibitors, 1,687 total participants, 69 countries… Tissue World celebrated our 25th anniversary in Miami in style

The wonderfully modernised Miami Beach Convention Center was the fitting setting for Tissue World’s double celebration – our 25th Silver Jubilee anniversary as the global industry’s leading tradeshow, and the opening of North America’s largest tissue exhibition and conference … the 9th edition in the US. More than 200 exhibitors and a total of...

The squeeze on tissue margins is getting tighter

From rocketing raw material prices to cost conscious consumers with faltering brand or retailer loyalty – to discounting grocers and ‘shrinkflation’ – the market faces tough challenges. Report by Simon Creasey. High volume, low profit, promotionally driven – the household paper category is intensely competitive. There is very little...

What does China’s Belt & Road master plan mean for tissue?

China is a major financier to the world. Just one of many investment vehicles is its initiative to transform transport systems and smooth trade across Asia, Europe and Africa – estimated at $900bn of projects planned or underway to date. Four years on from launch, initial doubters are being won over, while obstacles remain both abroad and at home. A TWM...

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