RISI releases new global dissolving pulp cost benchmarking data, including detailing manufacturing cost for 22 key mills producing rayon, acetate and specialty dissolving pulp grades

BOSTON , July 21, 2010 (press release) – RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today published the most comprehensive data yet available addressing manufacturing costs of dissolving pulp producers in the world market. RISI's Global Dissolving Pulp Cost Benchmarking Data includes detailed manufacturing cost for 22 key mills producing rayon, acetate and specialty dissolving pulp grades.

Dissolving pulp is a chemically refined, bleached pulp composed of pure cellulose fibers. Used in the production of rayon, acetate and a variety of specialty products, demand for dissolving pulp has expanded along with the rapidly growing middle class sectors in India and China. The rayon market alone has grown at 7% globally and over 10% in China for the last 5 years. RISI's Global Dissolving Pulp Cost Benchmarking Data includes manufacturing cost details for key mills producing in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

"Dissolving pulp has vast applications from fabrics and furnishings to packaging and photographic films, having access to current manufacturing costs allows companies to remain at their most competitive," said Surya P. Raina, Vice-President of Mill Intelligence at RISI.

"This new data provides a powerful means for pulp and paper companies to make effective strategic plans with a greater understanding of the relationship between manufacturing costs and capacities. This data includes manufacturing cost detailing key mills producing in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia."

Global Dissolving Pulp Cost Benchmarking Data provides measurable cost competitiveness in every natural expense category: fiber, chemical, energy, labor, materials and contract maintenance. In addition, this data includes delivery cost for four markets: Green Bay, Wisconsin; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Bombay, India and Shanghai, China.

For more information on RISI's dissolving pulp cost benchmarking data, visit www.risi.com/dppr. A complete listing of all RISI cost benchmarking products and methodology can be found at www.risi.com/benchmarking.

About RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, tissue, nonwovens, wood products and timber industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston (Bedford), Massachusetts, RISI operates in Brussels, Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Charlottesville, Virginia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China and Singapore. More information can be found at www.risi.com.

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