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Unbleached hardwood Kraft Pulp Market

Market Insights on Unbleached hardwood Kraft Pulp covering sales outlook, demand forecast & up-to-date key trends

Unbleached hardwood Kraft Pulp Market By Grade Type (Chemical Pulp, Semi-Chemical Pulp, Mechanical Pulp), Application (Sack Paper, Tissue Paper, Corrugated Material, Printing & Writing Papers, Specialty Kraft and Wrapping Papers) & Region - Forecast 2022-2032

Unbleached hardwood Kraft Pulp Market Overview

The global unbleached hardwood kraft pulp demand is anticipated to increase at a significant pace during the forecast period from 2022 to 2032. Growth in the market is driven by the rising usage of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp for making a wide range of products including corrugated boxes, printing and writing paper, specialty paper, and tissue paper.

As the consumer focus towards reducing plastic consumption continues to escalate, demand for paper-based products, especially paper packaging items is bound to witness a huge upsurge during the forthcoming years. Various governments are banning the usage of plastic packaging products such as plastic bags, disposables, etc. to minimize plastic pollution.

Some of the world’s leading brands have completely shifted their packaging demand from plastic to paper. Similarly, packaging companies are investing vigorously in research activities to develop innovative solutions with efficient features that could protect products even in extreme conditions during transportation process. All these developments have brought unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market into the spotlight.

Unbleached hardwood kraft pulp is a special material generally produced from deciduous tree species through kraft process. It contains more cellulose and extractives, and is being increasingly used to manufacture specialty papers, tissue papers, sack paper, wrapping paper, and woodfree coated and uncoated printing & writing papers. Rising demand for these products is providing a major impetus to the growth of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market and the trend is likely to continue during the forecast period.

Leading market players are integrating modern technologies such as artificial intelligence to increase their productivity, reduce costs, and solve various manufacturing challenges. This is positively impacting the growth of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market.

Similarly, rapid expansion of end-use industries particularly logistics where paper-based products are high in demand will further generate growth prospects for unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market in the forthcoming period.

Which are Some Prominent Factors Driving Growth in Unbleached Hardwood Kraft Pulp Market?

The swift growth of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market is attributable to the ever-increasing demand for paper-based products worldwide, presence of stringent regulations on the use of plastic items, and innovations in packaging products.

Today, major packaging industries are utilizing unbleached hardwood kraft pulp and unbleached softwood kraft pulp for making a variety of packaging products as it provides excellent strength and surface properties. They have become ideal alternatives to conventional paper and pulp for making light and sustainable packaging solutions. Rising demand for these paper-based packaging products will therefore continue to provide a strong thrust to the growth of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market during the forecast period.

Similarly, increasing efforts of government to curb the usage of plastic items coupled with growing consumption of writing and printing papers, tissue paper, and specialty papers will further generate sales prospects for unbleached hardwood kraft pulp during the assessment period.

Additionally, penetration of automation across manufacturing facilities to optimize the production process will further help the key market players to capitalize on the emerging opportunities in the forthcoming years.

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What are the Challenges Faced by the Unbleached hardwood kraft pulp Industry?

Although unbleached hardwood kraft pulp has numerous end uses, there are various factors that are challenging the market growth. Some of these factors are the increasing usage of unbleached softwood kraft pulp and poor penetration of paper-based products across some emerging economies.

It has been observed that unbleached hardwood kraft pulp provides less strength than unbleached softwood kraft pulp. As a result, various industries prefer to use unbleached softwood kraft pulp for making various products and the trend is likely to continue in future. This is expected to become a major hurdle for the growth of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market during the forecast period.

How Will Growth Unfold in North American Market?

North America was the largest market for unbleached hardwood kraft pulp and the trend is expected to continue into the forecast period owing to rapid industrialization, flourishing paper and pulp industry, heavy presence of leading market players, and shifting consumer preference towards paper-based products.

Among North American countries, the U.S. takes the top spot due to increasing production and consumption of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp. With over 75 million tons, the country remains the second leading producer of paper and pulp in the world as per the WorldAtlas.

Most of the demand generated across North America is due to the increasing use of paper-based packaging products across various industries. People are showing a keen inclination towards using paper products due to their harmless and ecofriendly nature.

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What will be the Asia Pacific Unbleached Hardwood Kraft Pulp Demand Market Demand Outlook?

According to Future Market Insights, the Asia Pacific unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market is expected to grow at a higher pace during the forecast period, owing to the rising consumption of paper-based packaging products across fast growing countries like China and India, rapid growth of paper and pulp industry, and presence of large base of regional and domestic market players.

Asia Pacific is home to some of the largest paper producing countries in the world. China alone has an annual paper and pulp production capacity of over 99.3 million tons as per the WorldAtlas report. This is positively impacting the growth of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market in the region.

Similarly, rising consumption of paper-based products such as corrugated boxes, tissue paper, printing & writing papers, specialty kraft, wrapping papers etc. due to rapidly growing population, rising disposable income and rapid expansion of end-use industries is creating growth prospects within the Asia Pacific unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market.

Market Competition

Some of the key participants present in the global unbleached hardwood kraft pulp market include Westrock Company, Canfor Corporation, Mondi Group, Arbros Group, Stora Enso Oyj, International Forest Products LLC, International Paper Company, and Metsä Fibre Oy among others.

Attributed to the presence of such a high number of participants, the market is highly competitive in nature with leading market players constantly upgrading their portfolios. Besides this, they are adopting growth strategies such as mergers, partnerships, new product launches, and establishment of new facilities to expand their global footprint.

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Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Base Year for Estimation

2021

Historical Data

2015-2020

Forecast Period

2022-2032

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD Billion, Volume in Kilotons and CAGR from 2022-2032

Report Coverage

Revenue Forecast, Volume Forecast, Company Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Trends and Pricing Analysis

Segments Covered

  • Grade Type
  • Application
  • Region

Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • APEJ
  • Japan
  • Middle East and Africa

Key Countries Profiled

  • U.S
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Germany
  • U.K
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Nordics
  • BENELUX
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • China
  • India
  • ASEAN
  • GCC
  • South Africa

Key Companies Profiled

  • Westrock Company
  • Canfor Corporation
  • Mondi Group
  • Arbros Group
  • Stora Enso Oyj
  • International Forest Products LLC
  • International Paper Company
  • Metsä Fibre Oy

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Key Segments Profiled in the Unbleached Hardwood Kraft Pulp Industry Survey

By Grade Type:

  • Chemical Pulp
  • Semi-Chemical Pulp
  • Mechanical Pulp

By Application:

  • Sack Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Corrugated Material
  • Printing & Writing Papers
  • Specialty Kraft and Wrapping Papers

Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • APEJ
  • Japan
  • Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the most lucrative market for the manufacturers of unbleached hardwood kraft pulp during the forecast period.

Westrock Company, Canfor Corporation, Mondi Group, Arbros Group, and Stora Enso Oyj are some prominent unbleached hardwood kraft pulp manufacturers

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