Asia Pacific pulpwood report

Annual analysis of the Asia Pacific trade in pulpwood chips. The report provides historical supply, demand, and price information and forecasts with a five year time horizon.

What's included in this report?

  • Market overview - including trade matrices for softwood and hardwood chips.
  • Hardwood chip demand - by country (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, and India). Wood chip imports by origin since 2005. Main chip consumers, by location, pulp grade, capacity and degree of integration. Pulp production trends and new capacity plans.
  • Hardwood chip supply - by country (Vietnam, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, Chile). A description of the plantation resource and roundwood harvest, by species and end use sector. Leading wood chip suppliers, and potential future export availability.
  • Wood chip price trends - drivers and impact on pulp production costs, differentiating between dissolving, kraft, high yield, integrated and market pulp. Pulp market outlook and BHKP supply curve.
  • Chip demand from the bioenergy sector.
  • Outlook for chip demand and supply - based on plantation resource development, pulp production trends, and pulp & bioenergy market dynamics.
  • Outlook for chip prices

Additional report details

Global chip trade suffered a contraction of 2.5Mt, or 10%, in 2020 which was the first decline since the global recession of 2009. Record low pulp prices obliged lower operating rates in China, particularly amongst dissolving pulp mills. Nevertheless, imports still increased by 7% due to strong growth in underlying capacity. Meanwhile, Japanese demand contracted by 2.5 million BDMT, or 25%, in line with the fall in integrated printing and writing paper production.

Hardwood chip prices declined by around 12%, averaging $167/BDMT cif China compared to $190 in 2019. Demand for the highest quality chips from Australia, Chile, and South Africa suffered most, whilst lower cost suppliers such as Vietnam and Brazil managed to increase exports, and grow market share.

Why choose Hawkins Wright?

We provide strategic, forecasting, marketing intelligence and business information services to the international forest products and bioenergy industries 

  • Independant and unbiased - we do not manufacture, trade or broker and forest products so are able to offer wholly-unbiased opinion
  • Decades of experience - With a sector knowledge base since 1982
  • Industry dialogue - we regularly talk to a global network of industry figures
  • Personal approach - much more than providing market data, we can adapt to your changing needs, offering calls and face-to-face meetings
We analyse the wood chip sector in the context of the wider paper and fibre markets, drawing on our pulp production cost and pricing data and global fibre demand model
Tom Wright, Report Lead Author
Hawkins Wright

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