Burning paper: Electronic communication and digital media continue to burden paper mills

The Paper Mills industry has continued to experience structural decline over the past five years, with many traditional print-based downstream industries suffering due to the increasing popularity of digital media and electronic communication. The Paper Mills industry will likely encounter similar challenges over the next five years, although the industry's decline is anticipated to decelerate. While the rise of electronic communications and online service will continue to put pressure on demand for paper, a strengthening economy and improving corporate profit levels will likely prompt businesses to expand and invest, bolstering corporate demand for printing paper, notebook paper and other business-use paper products and tempering the decline...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Paper consumption will likely continue to decline as electronic communications and online services become more prevalent
  • The rapid contraction of the US publishing sector has especially hurt industry revenue
  • Paper consumption will decline as online services become more prevalent
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    NewsprintNewsprint paper is a significant product segment for industry operators. Newsprint paper is a low-cost paper designed for printing presses, which most commonly produce paper for newspapers, directories and low-cost publications. Also included in this segment is uncoated groundwood paper, which is made from more than 10.0% mechanical pulp. This paper is typically brighter than newsprint and is used for different printing or converting applications. The production of both newsprint and groundwood paper is highly dependent on the level of demand from the newspaper and directory publishing industries, both of which have experienced a considerable decline over the past five years. New...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Paper Mills Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Paper Mills Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Degree of automation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index and Corporate profit in the Paper Mills industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Paper Mills Industry?

    The Paper Mills industry in Canada manufactures paper from pulp, a fibrous material derived from wood. Mill operators may convert their own pulp into paper or purchase pulp from other mills. Industry products include paper rolls and reams, as well as printing, writing, newsprint, packaging and household paper. These products are typically sold to downstream manufacturers for further processing, printers and newspaper and magazine publishers.

    Industry Products
  • Newsprint
  • Sanitary Tissue products, diapers and similar disposable goods
  • Special industrial papers, uncoated freesheet and other
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing rolls of printing paper, writing paper, packaging paper and industrial paper from pulp
  • Manufacturing absorbent sanitary and tissue paper
  • Manufacturing clay-coated paper
  • Manufacturing newsprint
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from newspaper, periodical, book and database publishers
  • Demand from paper manufacturing
  • Number of fixed broadband connections
  • World price of wood pulp

  • Current Performance
  • Decline of newsprint and other publishing industries
  • Growing import penetration
  • Profit and industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Continued decline
  • Profit
  • Trade
  • Table: Paper Mills Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Paper Mills Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Coated & Laminated Paper Manufacturing in Canada
  • Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing in Canada
  • Printing in Canada
  • Newspaper Publishing in Canada
  • Book Publishing in Canada
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission in Canada
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling in Canada
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing in Canada
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing in Canada
  • Recycling Facilities in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Newsprint
  • Sanitary Tissue products, diapers and similar disposable goods
  • Special industrial papers, uncoated freesheet and other
  • Chart: Paper Mills Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • US export market
  • Other export markets
  • Domestic market
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Paper Mills Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Paper Mills

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Paper Mills Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Resolute Forest Products, Kruger Products LP, Domtar,
  • Table: Resolute Forest Products - financial performance
  • Table: Kruger Products LP - financial performance
  • Table: Domtar - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Paper Mills Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Paper Mills Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • World price of wood pulp (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Coated Paper
  • A paper that has been coated by a compound to impart certain qualities to it.
  • Newsprint
  • A low-cost, non-archival paper that is most commonly used to print newspapers, other publications and advertising material.
  • Uncoated Freesheet Paper
  • A paper made with chemical pulps and occasional additions of up to 10.0% mechanical fibre.
  • Uncoated Groundwood Paper
  • A paper that is valued higher than newsprint but is less costly than freesheet grades.
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