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Global specialty paper usage growing fast

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 AM


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According to Intertech-Pira's (Surrey, England) “The Future of Specialty Papers: Global Forecasts to 2011,” global consumption of specialty papers will reach 23.7 million metric tons by 2011. Asia is the fastest growing region for specialty papers, forecast to reach 6.7 million tons in 2011. Within that region, China shows fast growth with its largest segments being specialty papers for flexible packaging applications, with consumption estimated at 500,000 tons in 2011.

High growth is expected in the printing sector, with inkjet paper consumption forecast to reach 2.6 million tons in 2011, a 7.7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Security papers' highest growth forecast is in the emerging markets of China, India and Poland. In Western Europe, strong growth is anticipated in thermal papers due to greater demand in printed tickets and receipts at 6.8 percent CAGR, to reach just under 0.5 million tons. Contact stephen.hill@pira-international.com.