China's paper market scale to hit 1.5T yuan by 2015; new annual demand for pulp during 2011-2015 forecast at 11.3 million tonnes for hardwood pulp, 3.8 million tonnes for softwood pulp, with 46 million tonnes of new paper capacity coming onstream

BEIJING , July 17, 2013 () –

Reported by Qianzhan Industry Institute:

Currently most China’s domestic paper firms need to import most of their raw materials. In 2012 the earthquake in Chile affected 8% of the world market pulp supply and 14% of pulp to be imported by China from Chile was affected. The strike in Finland and the earthquake sparkled price hikes of specialty paper in international market. Some of the grades saw price peak in nearly a decade.

Based on statistics in 2013-2017 Chinese Paper Sector Growth Perspectives and Investment Planning analysis, in 2011, in China there were 2620 paper firms with 708522 staffs, up 5.65% year on year. Total Asset and total liability was 698.989 yuan and 412.947 yuan respectively. The sector posted 671.412 billion yuan of sales income, up 21.54% year on year. It posted 680.91 billion yuan of industrial value. The sector posted 69.962 billion yuan of sales income in paper products, up 17.95% year on year and posted 36.213 billion yuan of total profits, up 6.2 % year on year. It is expected by 2015 the market scale of China’s paper industry will hit 1.5 trillion yuan.

From mid-long term, the probability of paper price hike is big. Based on prediction of experts, from 2011-2015 paper capacity from those paper firms that are going to start up new paper lines will hit 46 million mts. It is expected 11.3 million mts of new demand for hardwood pulp and 3.8 million mts of softwood pulp will be registered in this period. In comparison, from 2010-2012, there were not many new pulp capacities and most of new pulp lines will begin production after 2013.

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