Sulphite Wood Pulp Market Overview in the European Union
In value terms, sulphite wood pulp production amounted to $ in estimated in export prices. In general, production continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. The level of production peaked at $ in 2012; however, from 2013 to , production failed to regain the momentum.
The country with the largest volume of sulphite wood pulp production was Germany ( tonnes), accounting for % of total volume. Moreover, sulphite wood pulp production in Germany exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest producer, Austria ( tonnes), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Poland ( tonnes), with a % share.
From 2007 to , the average annual growth rate of volume in Germany amounted to +%. The remaining producing countries recorded the following average annual rates of production growth: Austria (-% per year) and Poland (+% per year).
The size of the sulphite wood pulp market in the European Union contracted to $ in , shrinking by -% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Over the period under review, consumption, however, continues to indicate a mild decline. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2014 when the market value increased by % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the market reached the maximum level at $ in 2008; however, from 2009 to , consumption failed to regain the momentum.
In Germany, sulphite wood pulp consumption remained relatively stable over the period from 2007-. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Austria (-% per year) and Poland (+% per year).
In value terms, the largest sulphite wood pulp markets in the European Union were Spain ($), Greece ($) and the Netherlands ($), with a combined % share of the total market. These countries were followed by Romania, Poland, France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, Finland and Sweden, which together accounted for a further %.
Among the main consuming countries, the Czech Republic saw the highest rates of growth with regard to market size, over the period under review, while sulphite wood pulp market for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
The countries with the highest levels of sulphite wood pulp per capita consumption in were Austria ( kg per person), the Czech Republic ( kg per person) and Finland ( kg per person).
From 2007 to , the biggest increases were in the Czech Republic, while sulphite wood pulp per capita consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.