The global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is expanding rapidly with the increase in demand for sustainable packaging solutions across the world. Unbleached softwood kraft pulp contains wood rasin which helps in achieving moderate water resistance which is very crucial in the manufacturing of various products such as tissue papers, packaging, baby diapers, adult incontinence products, and others. As a result, the global market is witnessing impressive growth which is expected to rise further in the coming years.
Factors ranging from the increase in restructuring of production units from existing production bases to the use unbleached softwood kraft pulp across diverse industries such as electromechanical products manufacturers, filters manufacturers, and others are further catalyzing the market growth.
Increasing environmental concerns are encouraging more people to incline towards green packaging solutions for which unbleached softwood kraft pulp are highly required materials. As a result, the global market is experiencing further surge in its products demand.
According to Future Market Insights (FMI), the global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period from the year 2020 to 2030.
Rising Demand for Sustainable Packaging Solutions
With the increasing concern for environment, leading packaging manufacturers and end user industries are getting more inclined towards sustainable or green packaging solutions.
Unbleached softwood kraft pulp being 100% sustainable and produced from all natural ingredients such as pulp from different types of woods, and others are hugely preferred by the packaging manufacturing industry across the globe. As a result, the unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is witnessing impressive growth around the world.
Being designed to be effective and safe throughout its lifecycle, softwood kraft pulp meet all the market for performance and cost in the green packaging manufacturing. And hence the unbleached softwood kraft pulp products are gaining traction all over the world.
Restructuring of Production Units Bolstering Growth
As the diverse categories of industries such as electromechanical products manufacturers, filters production companies, and others are restructuring their existing production bases to the unbleached softwood pulp, the global market is set to witness impressive growth.
Being strong, resistant to yellowing, and easily maintainable, unbleached softwood kraft pulp is widely used in kraft pulp mill and other production units resulting in surging demand of the unbleached softwood kraft pulp product all over the world.
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Unbleached softwood kraft pulp is partially delignified pulp produced by incubation under specified conditions with ligninolytic fungi lowering the need for bleaching chemicals.
Manufacturing of unbleached softwood kraft pulp products manufacturing needs expert handling as well as advanced methods in order to maintain the sustainability goals throughout the production life cycles, making it more challenging than the conventional methods.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus in the current year also has slowed down the market growth due to the factors such as non-operational manufacturing units, unavailability of raw materials, financial crisis, decrease in demand, shutting down of logistics units, and others. According to FMI, the effect of novel coronavirus outbreak is expected to last till the end of this year making the global market more challenging for the key market players.
However, the global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is set to get back to its feet by the first quarter of 2021.
Asia Pacific Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp Market
With the growing production of a wide variety of unbleached softwood kraft pulp such as northern, southern, and others across Asia Pacific, especially in countries China, Japan, North Korea, and others, the Asia Pacific unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is the largest market in the world. The well-developed agriculture industry in China, Japan, and others is further aiding to the market growth.
With the advancements in key end user industries such as printing, paper, packaging, and others, Asia Pacific unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is expected to lead all other global regions during the forecast period.
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Europe Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp Market
Europe unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is the second leading market in the world. Being one of the leading kraftliner producers, the Europe market holds strong potential to expand further in the coming years.
Rising rate of recycling coupled with the increasing demand for paper, packaging and paperboard products, are boosting the Europe unbleached softwood kraft pulp market. As the key end-use industries such as food & beverages, chemical, personal care, and others are expanding fast, especially in the countries such as U.K, France, Italy, and others, the Europe market is gaining rapid momentum.
According to FMI, the Europe unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is expected to sustain in the key position in the coming years.
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North America Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp Market
With the rapidly increasing demand for the sustainable products and solutions, the North America unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is witnessing significant growth in its value as well as volume.
The advancements in various grades of unbleached softwood pulp production such as chemical, mechanical, and others in the leading countries such as U.S, Canada, and others, the North America unbleached softwood pulp market is experiencing fast traction to remain in the key position.
According to FMI, North America unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is forecast to steady growth in the coming years.
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Northern Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp to Maintain the Lead
Being the printing and paper industry’s benchmark grade of pulp, northern unbleached softwood kraft pulp are hugely required due to its strength against decay, resistance against yellowing, and other useful properties.
Having long fibers northern unbleached softwood kraft pulp grade are extremely diverse and widely used as the reinforcement pulp.
According to FMI, northern unbleached softwood kraft pulp will remain in the dominant position among all other product types throughout the forecast period.
Chemical Pulp to Exhibit Hegemony
Presently chemical pulp is leading the grade wise segments of the global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market. The chemical pulp fibers are long, strong and highly efficient in manufacturing strong and stiff paper products.
Due to having the property of producing high-quality white papers, this grade of unbleached softwood kraft pulp are highly preferred by the paper and printing industry.
According to FMI, grade-wise, chemical pulp is expected dominate the global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market throughout the forecast period.
Packaging Industry to Propel Market Growth
Unbleached softwood kraft pulp are widely used in packaging industry for manufacturing broad ranges of packaging for food & beverages, personal care & cosmetics, and others.
As most of the packaging manufacturers require non-reactive, cost-effective, and light-weighted materials for the products safety as well as long shelf-lives, unbleached softwood kraft pulp is highly preferred to produce various categories of packaging for one-time as well as longer usage.
As the packaging industry is growing consistently with emphasis on the sustainable packaging solutions, the unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is expected to experience further surge in demand from this main end use industry.
In order to capitalize on lucrative prospects in the unbleached softwood kraft pulp market, key market players such as Domtar Corporation, Canfor Corporation, Ilim Group, and others are focusing on a diverse range of quality products launching.
For instance, Rottneros AB has released their extensive ranges of Rottneros’ moulded and recyclable fibre trays made from unbleached softwood kraft pulp in November, 2020 to target the food packaging sector. The company has adopted the extensive development strategy in line with the European Commission’s strategy in the current year.
Stora Enso Ovi. Has launched their wide variety of unbleached softwood kraft pulp products such as NBSK pulp, BHKP pulp, and others in the recent year meeting the traceability and sustainability goals.
Some of the key market players are-
- Stora Enso Ovi.
- Canfor Corporation
- Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd
- Domtar Corporation
- Arauco North America, Inc.
- Ilim Group
- Rottneros AB
- Port Townsend Paper Company
*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report
Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp Market Report: Scope
Historical Data Available for
USD Million for value and volume (per tons)
Key Regions Covered
North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania Middle East & Africa
Key Countries Covered
US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa
Key Segments Covered
Product Type, Grade, Application, End Use, and Region
Key Companies Profiled
Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives
Customization & Pricing
Key Questions Answered by the Report
- At what CAGR is the unbleached softwood kraft pulp market expected to grow?
According to Future Market Insights (FMI), the unbleached softwood kraft pulp market is anticipated to grow by 4.6% CAGR during the forecast period from year 2020 to 2030.
- Which is the largest market for unbleached softwood kraft pulp?
At present, region-wise Asia Pacific is the largest market for unbleached softwood kraft pulp.
- Which are the top companies in unbleached softwood kraft pulp market?
Some of the top companies in global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market are Canfor Corporation, Domtar Corporation, Rottneros AB, and others.
- Which is the most lucrative category within the unbleached softwood kraft pulp market?
Presently, northern unbleached softwood kraft pulp segment is the most lucrative segment by product type of the unbleached softwood kraft pulp market and anticipated to maintain the lead throughout the forecast period.
- Which is the preferred grade type in unbleached softwood kraft pulp market?
Chemical unbleached softwood kraft pulp is the most lucrative segment in grade type segments in the global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market.
- Which is the leading end-user industry in unbleached softwood kraft pulp market?
Packaging industry is the leading end user industry in the global unbleached softwood kraft pulp market.
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- Northern Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp
- Southern Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp
- Chemical Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp
- Mechanical Unbleached Softwood Kraft Pulp
- Printing and writing
- Tissue & Toilet Papers
- Food & Beverages
- Building and Construction
- Agriculture and Allied Industries
- Cosmetics & Personal Care
- Electrical & Electronics
- Other Consumer Goods
- North America
- Latin America
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
- Middle East and Africa