Forest Products Annual Market Review 2013-2014

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The UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2013-2014 provides general and statistical information on forest products markets and related policies in the UN Economic Commission for Europe region (Europe, North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States). The Review begins with an overview chapter, followed by analysis of government and industry policies and market-based implements affecting forest products markets. The third chapter is on innovation in the forest sector. Five chapters are based on annual country-supplied statistics, describing: wood raw materials, sawn softwood, sawn hardwood, wood-based panels, and paper, paperboard and woodpulp. Additional chapters discuss markets for wood energy, value-added wood products, and housing. In each chapter, production, trade and consumption are analysed and relevant material on specific markets is included. Tables and graphs provided throughout the text present summary information.



Paper, paperboard and woodpulp

Global pulp, paper and paperboard producers faced ongoing challenges in 2013 in matching efficient and cost-effective supply with an ever-changing demand landscape. Bold capacity rationalization and cost-reduction strategies, including strategic alliances and mergers, continued to be implemented or studied across all pulp, paper and paperboard grades in Europe, Japan and North America. Despite these efforts, capacity remains in excess of demand, which is declining across publishing paper grades as a result of the increased use of electronic communication, including via the Internet. Several companies in the subsector continued to convert from graphic grades to packaging papers in 2013. In the UNECE region, North America managed a meager increase in the production of paper and paperboard in 2013 over 2012, with Europe and the CIS both showing lower production during the same period (graph 8.1.1).


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