Demand for market hardwood pulp to grow to more than 40 million tonnes/year by 2025 from current 30 million tonnes/year, while demand for long-fiber pulp will increase to 21 million tonnes/year from about 19 million tonnes/year, forecasts Pöyry
May 7, 2014
(Esmerk News Feed)
– According to Petri Jokinen from Finnish Pöyry Management Consulting, demand for hardwood pulp is growing strongly in the world but also demand for long-fibre softwood pulp is increasing. Pulp production is relatively good business at the moment. The growth of demand is based on consumer products, and demand for tissue papers is rising the fastest. According to Jokinen, the prerequisites for increasing the capacity of softwood pulp in Finland are now favourable. Little has been invested globally in softwood pulp mills in the last 20 years. Finland's operating pulp mills are in good condition compared to mills in other countries. At the moment, about 50mn tonnes of bleached hardwood and softwood pulp a year are made globally, and in addition, forest industry companies make pulp for their own use. According to Pöyry's forecast, demand for market pulp made from eucalyptus, birch, and other hardwood will rise from the present 30mn tonnes to over 40mn tonnes by 2025. Demand for long-fibre pulp is expected to rise from about 19mn tonnes to about 21mn tonnes.