The most popular newsprint market in North America

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The paper market in North America is stagnant

in recent years, due to the merger of publishers, fierce competition in electronic media and weak consumer confidence, the paper market is stagnant. In order to cope with this situation, manufacturers in North America are spending money to increase varieties to meet the needs of the printing market. Many factories are adding coating equipment and calenders outside the machine, and adding fillers and chemicals inside the machine to improve the quality of products

in 2003, the paper output of the United States decreased to less than 7million tons. According to the report of the American forestry and Paper Association, the paper production capacity has decreased by an average of 2% per year in the past 10 years

there are now 40 paper mills in North America using waste paper as raw material, and the proportion of waste paper ranges from 30% to 100%. At present, there is no new paper project in North America that can also be used in industrial consumption. For paper producers, 2001 and 2002 were both very sluggish years. From 2000 to 2001, paper consumption dropped by 15%. In 2002, the consumption was less than 10million tons, the lowest level in the past 25 years. The main and even greater loss caused by brand reputation damage was due to the weakness of the advertising market, the decline in circulation and competition from other advertising media

the price of paper has fluctuated between 430 ~ 630 US dollars/ton over the past 20 years, and has recently been affected by low-cost imported products

at present, the top five major newspaper groups in the United States control 75% of the procurement and most of the FSI market composed of LWC and SC paper. When these large groups decide to reduce or increase inventory, the whole market will follow them. In general, several medium-sized newspaper groups and some small groups form a purchasing alliance to bargain. In fact, the paper distribution market has largely disappeared

in order to survive, paper manufacturers began to switch to other varieties, including high-quality paper, super calendered paper (SC), low weight coated paper (LWC) and other in-machine finishing varieties. In this 10 years, 1million tons of paper will be converted to SC paper and LWC, which may be through the transformation of existing equipment or new equipment. However, in either case, the enterprise faces high investment costs and increased risks. Abitibi consolidated has reduced the production of paper by 500000 tons worldwide, and recently invested US $35million to transform the TMP production line in Beaupre, Quebec, Canada to produce high-quality paper. Another large company, Bowater, has completed the transformation in three plants, forming a production capacity of 1million tons of coated paper, accounting for more than 1/4 of the company's annual output. Kruger company of Canada has a new light-weight coating paper machine put into operation with a fully integrated additive manufacturing capacity of 220000 tons/year

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