This research report titled ‘Global Pulp Market 2016-2020’, provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for grades such as chemical pulp, mechanical and semi chemical pulp, and non-wood pulp.
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“Forest and plantation management is an integral part of most key vendors' business models. Key vendors in the market, including Fibria, Arauco, Suzano, and UPM, are increasingly aligning their business activities with afforestation efforts to create a sustainable business model that is based on renewable solutions. This market will likely witness the rise of many integrated vendors with proprietary forest and plantation areas for the procurement of raw materials for pulp production during the forecast period,” said Abhay Sinha, one of Technavio’s lead research analysts.
Global pulp market by grade 2015 (% share)
• Chemical pulp
• Mechanical and semi chemical pulp
• Non-wood pulp
Source: Technavio research
Global chemical pulp market
In 2015, key end-use applications of chemical pulp included tissue paper and specialty paper, and its total production capacity was estimated to be about 132.1 million metric tons. This market is predicted to witness moderate growth over the next four years due to an increase in consumption from developing markets such as Asia (excluding Japan) and Central and South America. In these regions, rapid urbanization and the growth of the middle-class population have led to an increase in consumer spending on paper-based products and paper-based households and hygiene products such as tissue paper. While the consumption of chemical pulp is relatively lower in mature or developed markets, a steady demand for hygiene, packaging, and specialty paper products continues to augment the consumption of chemical pulps.
Global mechanical and semi-chemical pulp market
In 2015, the total production capacity of the global mechanical and semi-chemical pulp market was estimated to be around 34.39 million metric tons. Mechanical pulp production involves the use of ridged metal discs that grind debarked wood chips mechanically to produce pulp. Steam is often used in the mechanical pulping process, which consumes a large amount of energy. However, this process is more commonly used in combination with other chemical and semi-chemical pulping processes to enhance pulp yield.
Semi-chemical pulping involves digestion of debarked wood chips in chemicals such as sodium sulfite that is combined with minute quantities of alkaline salts such as sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and sodium hydroxide. The resulting product with dissolved lignin is then subjected to mechanical pulping that separates cellulose fibers.
Global non-wood pulp market
In 2015, the total production capacity of non-wood pulp was estimated to be around 14.48 million metric tons. Non-wood pulp is produced from fibers that are derived from fiber-rich sources such as cereal straws, bamboo, kenaf, sugar cane bagasse, and corn stalks, all of which are substitutes for short fibers derived from hardwood, and softwood derived flax, hemp, cotton, and abaca.
The production of non-wood pulp is limited when compared to other grades because of high energy consumption, concerns about the recovery of cellulose fibers from chemicals, and non-uniformity in pulp production including issues over the brightness of the pulp. However, micro- and small-sized vendors use non-wood sources for pulp production due to fluctuating prices of wood.
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