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Capacity utilization on all graphic paper markets in Western Europe was steadily rising through 2015, ultimately helping to improve the operating conditions for many paper producers in Western Europe. Higher operating rates on the back of historically low margins have also allowed prices to start rising for many graphic grades, although increases are happening a bit slower than originally predicted.
Special Market Analysis Studies
The tissue sector is one of the few in the industry that still can say it enjoys a growing market, particularly in developing countries. New technologies have broadened the quality of various tissue types: facial, bathroom, toweling and napkin. The growth of the private label is another area of great interest. Finally, the At Home and Away from Home sectors continue to evolve.
The consumer, end user and brand owner has finally got the message, loud and clear, that fiber-based packaging has a much better environmental footprint that competing substrates, and now the paper and board industry has a huge opportunity to exploit that message. PPI Packaging Technology will bring you all you need to know about advances in substrates, converting equipment and allied technology that will keep fiber based packaging at the top of its game.
Our most popular PPI newsletter, PPI Mills and Technology brings you all the latest developments going on in mills right to your desk top. This includes the latest technology releases, installation stories and interviews with senior management, as well as mill personnel from across the globe. If there is a new technology out there that is making a difference in a mill, the chances are you will see it in PPI Mills and Technology newsletter first.
Except for an integrated mill, every ounce of pulp and paper made has to be shipped. The cost of transport and logistics is a large percentage of a company's overall production costs. There are a myriad issues that a producer must face whether on land or by sea. Besides the obvious legislative concerns, these include capacity (of the shipper), transport availability, port and road infrastructure, and energy costs. And, a producer must meet different countries' regulations often on the same shipment of pulp or paper.
Much has been written and said about the opportunities the bio-economy represents for the pulp and paper industry, and although it seems the industry has been slow to adopt new ideas and technologies, behind the scenes a lot of work is being done. These opportunities cover a multitude of differing new revenue streams, from green energy and bio-fuels and from nanocellulose to sophisticated chemicals, all derived from the forest. PPI's Bio-Insight keeps a close eye on all the developments going on in this fascinating sector.
Air emissions, liquid effluent, sustainability, certification, life cycle analyses, relationships with NGOs: The environmental sector in the pulp and paper industry has come to mean so much. How mills co-exist with the world around them is much more than meeting the variety (and ever more stringent and broadening array) of government legislation. It also affects companies' relationships with the market and their ability to sell their products. PPI keeps abreast of the technical, legislative and social issues affecting the industry's inter-action with the environment.
PPI Chemicals is dedicated to the variety of areas where chemicals affect pulping and papermaking technology. This includes cooking, bleaching and coating, as well as products such as fillers, additives, dispersants, biocides, drainage aids and many more.