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...

Shrinkflation – reducing product size becomes an issue for tissue

Toxic combination of cost inflation, a stagnant economy, the fluctuating pound … and Brexit has forced the UK tissue sector, like many other producers, to look for savings elsewhere. Report by freelance journalist Simon Creasey. The UK tissue sector is enduring a turbulent period thanks to the combination of rising pulp prices and wild fluctuations in...

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...

Resolute ramps up capacity to position itself as key player in tissue

President and chief executive Richard Garneau provides an update on Resolute Forest Products’ ongoing transformation strategy and entry into the growing tissue market. A TWM report. In June 2015, Resolute announced its entry into the tissue market through a major investment in the construction of a state-of-the-art tissue machine and converting facility...

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