23 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

Rather than diminishing over time, global shipping and freight delays are worsening on many routes, in the lead up to the busiest time of year: Christmas. With retailer’s order books completed, many are now scrambling to ensure they get sufficient capacity on vessels and their supply chain has enough shipping containers to get the ordered goods onto their shelves for what is expected to be the busiest Christmas ever.  Read more

23 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

In a year like no other, the incredible surges in demand for tissue and hygiene products, for home deliveries and corrugated boxes, was matched by unparalleled shifts in demand for printed media.  Read more

19 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

Almost every month, IndustryEdge is asked why it tracks woodchip vessel movements, especially into and out of Australia. After all, you rely on formal trade data for many of your other data sets. True we say, but the difference with woodchips is that there is often no formal trade data available. How could that be?  Read more


Following concerted efforts from the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and industry, the ACT Government has today allowed forestry and timber operations to resume as essential industries under the Territory’s COVID lockdown rules. Read more

17 AUGUST 2021 Pulpaper News.com

Andritz has received an order from Visy Pulp & Paper for a 243,000 m3 chip handling and storage system, including a Stacker Reclaimer RST360, for its Tumut mill in New South Wales, Australia. Read more


Australia’s forest industries have welcomed Senator Rex Patrick raising concerns about the slow pace of planting more production trees under the Federal Government’s Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth Plan. Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Ross Hampton said, “Forest industries and builders around Australia, desperate for domestic timber supplies, strongly welcomed the announcement of the Plan to grow the plantation estate when the Federal Government released it three years ago. Read more

10 AUGUST 2021 Opal Australian Paper

In partnership with Detpak, Opal Australian Paper is supporting a local recycling solution for coffee cups. Recovered paper fibres from RecycleMe™, a brand by Detpak, are used to produce Hallmark gift wrap, providing a recyclable alternative for used coffee cups. Read more

6 AUGUST 2021 IndustryEdge

Latest log export data for Australia and New Zealand tells two radically different stories. New Zealand’s log exports are booming and the price is at record levels. Meantime, Australia’s trade is constrained on both fronts, despite the strength of global demand for fibre.  Read more

4 AUGUST 2021 Manufacturers Monthly

Deanne Heier, Norske Skog and Grace Kube, Norkse Skog Tasman announced as finalists for the 2021 Women in Industry Award. This year the Women in Industry Award, recognises Australian women who are making a name for themselves in the manufacturing industry. Read more

29 JULY 2021 IndustryEdge

Combined Australian and New Zealand regional production capacity sits just short of 3.8 million tonnes of paper and board in mid-2021. The reduction of around 150,000 tonnes per annum, resulting from the Tasman (Norske Skog) closure at the end of June, would have been worse, if not for the recent reprieve for the Whakatane Board Mill (SIG Combibloc but soon Smurfit).  Read more

29 JULY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s imports of corrugating medium – including semi-chemical fluting – fell a sizeable 31% year-ended May 2021, declining to 32,644 tonnes. Despite the sharp fall in volumes, the average import price was just 0.5% lower than a year earlier, declining to AUDFob649/t.  Read more

28 JULY 2021 

On the 28th of July, Appita YPN held its first hybrid conference titled Net Zero Carbon Emissions. The event was proudly sponsored by WoodBeca.

Maia Ireland-Blake, Chair Appita YPN New Zealand and conference moderator said “It was great to hear from such a diverse range of industry experts who shared their insights into what decarbonisation of our industry will look like, and what challenges we’ll face along the way. We thank our moderators, speakers and panelists for their engaging and thought-provoking insight and perspectives. Also a special thank you to our conference sponsor Wood Beca and our conference partners BioPRIA, Norske Skog, Opal, Visy, and WPI who made this conference possible.”

Recordings of the live stream will be available to delegates from Monday 2nd August. If you missed the event, don’t worry you can still register to view the event.  Click here

23 JULY 2021 Food Technology & Manufacturing

Mondi and Unilever have jointly developed a high-barrier, paper-based packaging material for Unilever’s Colman’s dry Meal Maker and Sauces range by reducing plastic, increasing paper content and consequently ensuring recyclability in the existing UK paper waste stream.  Read more

21 JULY 2021 Papnews

ANDRITZ has launched CircleToZero®, a holistic program for the pulp-producing industry with the goal of providing strong support to customers in their efforts to achieve maximum, sustainable production, aiming at zero emissions and zero waste production.  Read more

20 JULY 2021 Visy

Today the Tumut mill, Visy’s paper manufacturing operation in NSW, celebrates the 20 year anniversary of the VP9 pulp mill start up.  Read more

20 JULY 2021 Paper Advance

Packaging has the potential to become a sustainability hero. But designing solutions with the best possible impact on the planet, people and brands is a delicate balancing act.  Read more

16 JULY 2021 PKN

New recommendations in the UK allow paperboard packaging to contain up to 15 per cent plastic and still be considered recyclable. One item of such packaging can have 80 per cent less climate impact compared with the corresponding all-plastic packaging.  Read more

15 JULY 2021 PKN

A seemingly small, yet significant, change has been made to how Nestle Purina Australia accessories, such as pet toys or collars, are secured to the backing card used for hang-sell display. Previously, accessories have been secured with cable ties made from virgin nylon plastic, which can’t be recycled due to their size and weight. These have now been switched for either bespoke paper ties or recyclable ‘origami style’ folded paper.  Read more

08 JULY 2021 Paper Advance

Bathroom sinks made of wood fibre, energy derived from garbage, skyscrapers built of cross-laminated timber, and carbon fibre that is used in Formula 1 cars are all examples of bioproducts that are helping us replace the use of fossil fuels in our everyday lives.  Read more

01 JULY 2021 AFPA

A larger national take-up of renewable wood-fibre packaging products could have avoided the waste and recycling sector’s collision course with today’s ban on sending mixed plastics overseas for processing, Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Chief Executive Officer, Ross Hampton said.  Read more

01 JULY 2021 ABB

ABB celebrates 70 years of providing Quality Control Systems to papermakers for outstanding process visibility and advanced control.  Read more

01 JULY 2021 UJL Solutions

Recently PCF Maintenance BV from Europe has installed their new PCF Dryer fabric cleaners with great success at various locations globally (including Australia).  Read more

30 JUNE 2021 NZ Herald

The mood is "sombre" inside Kawerau's Tasman paper mill as production grinds to a halt for the final time. Newsprint production stopped yesterday and workers are now preparing the mill to hand over assets to any potential buyers including the plant and equipment. Mill workers will still be employed until at least mid-July to help with the cleanup. Site manager Steve Brine said it wasn't an easy night during the final shut down.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s newsprint recovery and recycling rate was 65.6% in 2020, according to the latest report from industry body ThinkNewsBrands*. With newsprint consumption by major publishers falling for the tenth successive year, maintaining a relatively high recovery and recycling rate is ever more challenging for the sector.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 IndustryEdge

Australian consumption of super-calendered paper grades is crashing to the point of oblivion. In April 2021, the declines continued, with just 257 tonnes being imported, a record low in the near thirty years IndustryEdge has kept records. The driver for the decline: digitisation and the migration by printers to lower-priced grades of paper for their printing needs.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 IndustryEdge

The price of OCC (Old Corrugated Cartons) exported from Queensland collapsed in April, despite solid volumes being exported. Queensland’s total recovered paper exports for April amounted to 23.3 kt, just marginally lower than the prior month in what has been an improving trade since the middle of 2020.  Read more

28 JUNE 2021 Visy

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern toured Visy’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Environment, Hon David Parker, the Member for Maungakiekie, Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau, Hon Peeni Henare, Mayor Phil Goff and other Auckland City Council representatives. Read more  

22 JUNE 2021 Paper Advance

“Paper” and “stretch” are words that don’t usually go together. But in a reality where regulations on single-use plastics are increasing, paper is proving itself a worthy player as an alternative to plastic-containing products. Read more  

18 JUNE 2021 Print 21

As the threat of the pandemic recedes folding carton pack volumes are forecast to increase by two per cent for 2020-21, before recovering to a 4.6 per cent compound annual growth rate through to 2026.  Read more

17 JUNE 2021 PKN

Ferrero Australia is set to trial 100 per cent recyclable Kinder Bueno point-of-sale displays, saving more than 10,000 square metres of plastic. By August, 3000 new recyclable corrugated cardboard dumpbins, featuring a biodegradable varnish, will be on display in retail stores around Australia. Read more  

12 JUNE 2021 

Peter Gordon Bennett, retired member, passed away on Friday 12th June after a short period in the Karana Aged Care Home. Peter, who served APM and AMCOR over his whole career was awarded the Appita LR Benjamin medal in 1995. Over many years he served on various Appita committees and with his wife, Janet, was a frequent attendee at Appita conferences, both in Australia and New Zealand. Our sincerest condolences go out to Peter’s family and close friend.  

09 JUNE 2021 AFPA

In a major win for local jobs and manufacturing, the Federal Government has confirmed its commitment to local product and local jobs by sourcing Australian made paper.  Read more

04 JUNE 2021 The Irish Times

Whakatane mill had been earmarked for closure by the end of June with the loss of 170 jobs Packaging entrepreneurs Dermot Smurfit and Michael Smurfit have led the takeover of a New Zealand paper mill for an undisclosed price, saving the plant from closure and preserving 170 jobs.  Read more

02 JUNE 2021 PKN

Telstra has announced a raft of new commitments to manage its resources more efficiently, including a promise to use only renewable or recycled materials in branded packaging by the end of next year. Read more.

01 JUNE 2021 

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31 MAY 2021 nzherald.co.nz

The Whakatāne Mill will stay open after its owner, SIG Combibloc, agreed to sell to a consortium of investors including Irish paper and packaging tycoon Dermot Smurfit and New Zealand private equity chief Ross George. The consortium is led by Smurfit who, together with his other European consortium members, has extensive experience in owning and operating paper packaging businesses.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s woodchip exports lifted to 419.7 kbdmt (bone dried metric tonnes) in March 2021, as demand from Chinese pulp mills lifted off the back of very high pulp prices.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

If we are not already over it, we are going to have to get used to hearing ‘net zero by 2050’. It may not be current Government policy in Australia, but it is elsewhere. More’s the point, it is the policy of many industry and investor groups, and it’s the one climate change number on which a consensus seems to be emerging.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

New Zealand’s recovered paper exports are increasing, along with prices, as the global fibre market recovers.  Read more

21 MAY 2021 Spinnova

Sustainable natural fibre company, Spinnova and the world’s largest wood pulp producer Suzano have launched the construction of their joint venture smart factory in Finland.
The facility, producing SPINNOVA® fibre, is the first step towards¬ the ambition of scaling production volume to one million tonnes annually within ten years. Read more

13 MAY 2021 PKN Packaging

In a triumph for smart packaging, flexo and digital printing, and promotional marketing, Hungry Jack's has launched its biggest ever on-pack promotion – UNO at Hungry Jack's – delivered by a cross-industry collaboration between the fast food chain, Result Group, TLC Marketing, Multi-color Corporation and Detpak. Read more

13 MAY 2021 Packaging News

Paper-based packaging solutions specialist Graphic Packaging International has collaborated with start-up Mergulo, which produces a premium plant-based butter alternative. Read more

12 MAY 2021 Visy newsroom

Visy is proud to partner with Fairgrow in New Zealand to supply packaging for a program that supplies fresh fruit and vegetables to locals in need.  Read more

11 MAY 2021 AFPA

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) says a landmark study into the Black Summer bushfires confirming timber harvesting operations do not increase bushfire severity, and that the biggest factor is climate change, is an opportunity for all sides of the native forestry debate to join together to fight the real threat to our native forests and threatened species.  Read more

11 MAY 2021 Paper Advance

Stora Enso and packaging technology company Pulpex join forces to industrialize the production of eco-friendly paper bottles and containers made from wood fiber pulp. Read more

10 MAY 2021 Packaging News

EcoTensil, established leader in paperboard cutlery in the US, launches AquaDot range of sturdy, plastic-free paper utensils UK and EU. Read more

The acquisition strengthens Cellwood’s offering for pulp and paper bale elevators and conveyor sections of a fibreline, and so complements their Grubbens pulper, Krima Dispersers, Algas fibre separation products. For more details, contact Ross Bradford, PaperSystems T: +61 (0)466 341 497. Read more

07 MAY 2021 Timberbiz

In Australia sawmills have greatly increased production by adding shifts and are running flat out to feed a market ignited by the incredibly successful HomeBuilder scheme.  Read more

29 April 2021 AFPA

The newly installed Chair of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s (UN FAO) Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI), Ross Hampton, has made it clear that increasing sustainable forestry and timber industries is key to achieving the global ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ goal.  Read more

15 April 2021 PKN

Woolworths’ national rollout of paper shopping bags manufactured by Australian paper packaging converter Detpak is hitting its straps and has seen the creation of 25 new jobs and investment in new machinery at Detpak’s South Australia facility.  Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

Printing and communication paper prices will rise dramatically in the second half of 2021, with significant increases already locked in. A combination of factors is driving prices higher, with some regions already experiencing sharp increases.   Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s exports of products and goods likely to be packaged in fibre contracted 12.9% by value over the year-ended February 2021. Valued at AUD45.768 billion, the value of these goods exports fell as a result of the pandemic, from AUD52.570 billion. The likely effect was a small decline in the amount of fibre packaging used to export mainly food products to the world.   Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

A fourth successive month of pulp price rises in the main Chinese market has seen a near 55% rise in market pulp prices to the end of March. The USD100/t rise in the price of Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK) pulp recorded in March sawn prices at record levels, averaging USD980/t. Further increases are expected to see April prices hit something close to USD1,050/t.   Read more

27 April 2021 Australian Government Press Release

Victoria will soon have the gold standard solution to the problem of mixed waste paper processing thanks to a $24 million joint investment from the Morrison and Andrews governments and a $13 million investment from Visy industries.  Read more

19 April 2021 Paper Advance

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has helped Spanish retail chain Alvaro Moreno to save almost 90 tonnes of plastic per year by switching from plastic to paper shopping, online delivery and gift bags. Read more

14 April 2021 Packaging News

Molson Coors is removing plastic rings and introducing a fully recyclable and sustainable cardboard sleeve for can multipacks for all major brands, including Carling and Coors. Read more

13 April 2021 PKN

Nestle Oceania has switched to recyclable paper packaging supplied by Amcor for its Smarties confectionery range in Australia, upgrading its manufacturing lines to accommodate the material change. Read more

13 April 2021 PapNews

Waste materials from the pulp and paper industry have long been seen as possible fillers for building products like cement, but for years these materials have ended up in the landfill. Now, researchers at UBC Okanagan (University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) are developing guidelines to use this waste for road construction in an environmentally friendly manner. Read more

29 March 2021 PapNews

Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling, the redirection of global flows of paper for recycling and structural changes in paper consumption and collection during the Covid-19 crisis. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

Global pulp prices continued their rocket-paced growth in February, with all indications that March is proving to be similar. In the main Chinese bleached softwood kraft (BSK) market, the average price lifted to USD880/t, fuelled by soft inventories, some supply constraints and solid demand. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 4.3% in January 2021, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the quarterly average price was USDFob806/t, a rise of USD38/t on the prior month. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

The Whakatane Board Mill – owned by SIG Combibloc – will close around the end of June 2020. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer. Read more

26 March 2021 Timberbiz

The Whakatane Board Mill – owned by SIG Combibloc – will close around the end of June 2020. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer.  Read more

26 March 2021 Print 21

The embattled printed newspaper industry has been hit by another blow, with the Queensland government axing compulsory newspaper advertising in regional papers by its departments, sending it online instead.  Read more

16 March 2021 Paper Advance

Today, Cepi, in partnership with leading EU media Politico, hosted a high level online discussion on the role of the bioeconomy to achieve the EU Green Deal goals.  Read more

15 March 2021 PulpPaper News.com

Smurfit Kappa has designed a new integrated packaging system following close collaboration with Signify, the world leader in connected LED lighting systems, by designing the BioShift UV-C Chamber Case, used to ship and transport UV-C lights that have significant antibacterial properties, which kill germs and viruses.   Read more

10 March 2021 Print 21

In the last year, global print advocacy group Two Sides engaged 320 organisations who it says were making misleading statements about paper, with 134 of them so far removing such statements from their communications.  Read more

08 March 2021 PKN Packaging News

A recently published Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study by Ramboll has revealed the real environmental impact of single-use packaging versus reusable tableware, finding significant advantages with paper-based single-use products.  Read more

08 March 2021 Paper Advance

The choices you make about your products' eCommerce packaging have implications that travel far beyond their customers' journey.   Read more

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25 FEBRUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s exports of recovered paper totalled 1.022 million tonnes in 2020, down just 4.3% compared with 2019. While newsworthy, the really important news in the market is that Indonesia has almost exactly replaced the influence of China for Australian exporters, accounting for 37% of total shipments in 2020 and a blistering 60% in the month of December. Read more

25 FEBRUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s total pulp imports lifted a healthy 7.5% (21.4 kt) in 2020, rising to 307.4 kt, just marginally below the annualised peak recorded in mid-2018. Read more

25 FEBRUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 7.0% in December 2020, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the monthly average price was USDFob849/t, a rise of USD81/t on the prior month. Read more

25 FEBRUARY 2021 

Economic development and forestry minister Stuart Nash says the proposed closure of Whakatāne mill was a blow to the community, but he still believes the wood industry has a future there. Read more

24 FEBRUARY 2021 PulpPaper News.com

The European kraft paper and paper sack industry has put further efforts into improving its carbon footprint. In only three years, between 2015 and 2018, the carbon intensity of a single paper sack was reduced by 8%. Read more

24 FEBRUARY 2021 BillerudKorsnäs

Through close and enduring collaboration BillerudKorsnäs and Tetra Pak aim to push the figure of renewable material from wood fibre in carton packages towards 100%. Already today the figure is about 70%. New innovations to further increase the sustainability of packages are since long top of the agenda for both companies. Read more


The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has again rejected a recycled report falsely claiming a link between native forestry operations and increased bushfire intensity. Read more

10 FEBRUARY 2021 PKN Packaging News

Skyrocketing shipping costs are impacting board and paper prices, with the nation’s major printable materials suppliers forced to introduce price rises from next month, which will range from three to nine per cent.
The country's two biggest suppliers, Ball & Doggett and Spicers, both say they are unable to absorb the rapidly escalating costs, even with the stronger Aussie dollar. Spicers prices will rise on 1 March, Ball & Doggett on 15 March. Read more

9 FEBRUARY 2021 Paper Advance

Cellulose foam was among six nominees up for the award, all recognised for the development of new technologies and applications in the cellulose fibre industry.

Cellulose foam by Stora Enso is a lightweight wood fiber-based foam material for protective and cushioning material in packaging. This novel, sustainable foam material has been designed to be fully natural and the technology offers a biodegradable alternative to a wide range of products.  Read more

The new infrared camera has been specifically designed by Procemex engineers to integrate seamlessly into the existing Procemex OnePlatform installed base and meet the troubleshooting and machine optimization demands of fast running paper, tissue and board machines.     Read more

8 FEBRUARY 2021 Timberbiz

The manufacturing union representing pulp and paper workers has slammed the Morrison Government for abandoning local workers during the COVID-19 jobs crisis by buying Indonesian paper instead of photocopy paper manufactured locally by Australian Paper in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

In part driven by sustainability, global food businesses and brands are increasingly focussed on shifting their packaging to fibre and away from less sustainable offerings. While that is a welcome – some say overdue – direction, the reality is that some grades of fibre packaging, specialty papers and fibre alternatives are already winning increased market share.   Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s recovered paper exports totalled a stable 88.4 kt in November as shipments to China fell away in preparation for the import ban that commenced on 1st January 2021. Shipments to China plummeted to 8.7 kt (down 71% on the prior month), as those to Indonesia more than doubled to a near record 42 kt for the month. Traders anticipate that exports to Indonesia hit record levels in December, totalling over 50 kt for the first time. Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 2.1% in November 2020, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the monthly average price was USDFob767/t, the highest monthly average price since July 2019.  Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 PKN Packaging News

Smart packaging with QR codes that link to a product’s coronavirus swab test results are in WHthe spotlight, as New Zealand and China forge their new trade deal.
At a time when Australia’s trade relations with China can at best be described as strained, New Zealand has upgraded its 2008 trade agreement with China, inking a new deal that will now see it have 98 per cent free trade with China once the agreement comes into full effect. Read more

27 JANUARY 2021  PKN Packaging News

Nestle has announced that its popular Smarties range of products will now use recyclable paper packaging moving forward, becoming the first global confectionery brand to make the sustainable switch.  Read more

FRANK-PTI Germany, manufacturer of Quality Testing Instruments has received an order to supply Laboratory Testing Instruments for their new Paper Testing Laboratory at the Australian Manildra Group in Sydney. The delivery and start up will be early 2021. FRANK-PTI is represented in Australasia by UJL Pty Ltd, Melbourne. The delivery will be supported locally by UJL Solutions specialists.  Read more


Professor Gil Garnier, BioPRIA, Monash University has been appointed as one of the judges for the 3rd Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award. Held every two years since 2016, the award is presented by the International Council of Forests and Paper Association (ICFPA) to recognise excellence in pulp and paper research from around the world, with entries ranging from projects looking at value adding, emissions reduction and innovation.  Read more

22 JANUARY 2021 PRINT 21

Part of one of Australia's biggest print jobs will be put on pause from this week, as supermarket giant Woolworths is halting its catalogue printing for at least 12 weeks in areas where it has higher digital engagement with its customers.  Read more

22 JANUARY 2021 Timberbiz

The World Wildlife Fund seems a little confused over what logging is. Put simply, the WWF seems to have incorrectly lumped timber harvesting and private native forestry as contributing factors of deforestation and degradation. Source: Bruce Mitchell.  Read more


The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has published ‘Australian packaging consumption and recycling data 2018–19’ a new report tracking Australia’s progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets (2025 Targets).  Read more


Recycled content is the key component in the creation of a circular economy. It keeps raw materials flowing within the economy longer, reduces the pressure to extract more virgin materials from the earth, and delays their eventual disposal as waste.  Read more

28 OCTOBER 2020 IndustryEdge

Exports of pulp from New Zealand crashed in April, recovered some ground in May and returned to normal in June, as a direct result of the pandemic. Pulp exports had been trending up, and were at two year highs in February 2020 (95 kt), before collapsing to 31 kt in April 2020. On a three-month moving average basis, exports had been trending up since the middle of 2019.  Read more

28 OCTOBER 2020 IndustryEdge

Typically the lowest value of all the printing and communication paper grades, imports of uncoated mechanical paper grades – including newsprint – have been widely varied in recent months. As an example, at 14.3 kt in August 2020, imports were 48% higher than the prior month. But the main interest is in the changing patterns of imports between the sub-grades, which are all able to be substituted for one another, in a wide variety of cases.  Read more

28 OCTOBER 2020 IndustryEdge

We know the pulp and paper industries are significant chemical users, but what chemicals are most important? IndustryEdge has access to a huge amount of data, especially for Australia. If you can help us understand the most important chemicals, we can supply extra data – every month – for you and your business.  Read more

22 OCTOBER 2020 PKN Packaging

Melbourne-based specialty coffee roaster Jasper Coffee has launched a new, plastic-free, single use coffee cup and lid, in what it says is a first in Australia. Jasper Coffee said the cup is 100 per cent recyclable and compostable. The cup uses cardboard with a water-based dispersion barrier produced by Finland-based Kotkamills.  Read more

20 OCTOBER 2020 Resource Recycling

Next year, China is widely expected to close the door completely to recovered fiber imports, a move that has the industry in a cautious state. But Ranjit Singh Baxi of recovered fiber broker J&H Sales International offered some optimistic perspective.  Read more

19 OCTOBER 2020 Timberbiz

The Victorian State Government’s announcements around timber plantations in Eastern Victoria have been described as hollow and doing nothing for security of the local industry.  Read more


The Federal Budget delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last night has been welcomed by the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) for its significant measures to support jobs, businesses, and manufacturing investment as Australia looks to kickstart the economy.  Read more

7 OCTOBER 2020 PKN Packaging

Nestlé UK is switching its Smarties chocolate bar to a recyclable paper wrapper, moving away from the film wrappers of the past as the company continues its drive towards more eco-friendly packaging.  Read more