Market pulp is an internationally traded commodity at the heart of the global fibre cycle, serving as a sustainably sourced raw material to an increasing number of industries. Pulp markets are dynamic and complex: the factors driving their monthly fluctuations are often obscured by a lack of price transparency.
Pulpwatch strives to present a timely and objective analysis of such fluctuations, essential to develop an understanding of the market’s likely future direction. Over the years, our readership has grown to include companies controlling over 85% of global market pulp capacity.
Drawing on decades of industry expertise and an unparalleled network of industry contacts – cultivated by our extensive travels and frequent interactions with industry leaders – our market commentary interprets and contextualises the constantly changing balances in the pulp market, taking a view on the market’s short and medium-term prospects. Other regular sections of the newsletter focus on changes in printing and writing paper and tissue markets, and on the impact of exchange rates.
The Pulpwatch report also includes a unique Industry Focus section each month, providing the reader with an in-depth analysis of a particular development or market dynamic that is shaping our industry. The coverage includes, for example, a review of the important pulp producing and consuming markets; the impact of investment plans on regional and world pulp and paper supply/demand balances; the influence of changing raw material costs and exchange rates on producers’ competitive advantages.
Every report is accompanied by an episode of Pulpwatch, the Podcast, summarising the market commentary for those who wish to tune into market developments on the go. The podcast is typically released within a day of the written report.
The Key Statistics section of Pulpwatch is the most timely and comprehensive source of publicly available pulp and paper market data, including:
- Printing and writing paper shipments by region
- Papermakers’ converting margins by region
- Shipments of bleached chemical market pulp by region and by grade
- Consumers’ inventories of purchased pulp by region
- Producer stocks in days of supply
- China’s import of pulp by grade and origin
- Market pulp price indications (30 pulp price series are updated monthly)
All the data published in Pulpwatch is available to subscribers in Microsoft Excel format.