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Chinese paper manufacturing market the largest on the planet

Industry Sector

Paper and Packaging


4 January 2013


Mike King

Type of News


The Chinese paper manufacturing market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.23% through to 2015, with industry growth driven by high domestic demand for paper alongside the emergence of new technologies.

Papermaking is known to have been traced back to China about 105 CE, when Cai Lun, an official attached to the Imperial court during the Han Dynasty(202 BCE-220 CE), created a sheet of paper using mulberry and other bast fibres along with fishnets, old rags, and hemp waste.

However a recent archaeological discovery has been reported from Gansu province of paper with legible Chinese writings on it dating from 8 BCE, while paper had been used in China for wrapping and padding since the 2nd century BCE.

Since 2000, China has tripled its paper production. In 2008, China overtook the United States to become the world's largest producer of paper and paper products, while in 2009, China produced over 17% of the world's total output and consolidated its place as one of the world's largest exporters in this industry.

In 2010, China had by far the fastest-growing paper industry in the world. Yet, China also has among the smallest forestry resources in the world to support this industry's expansion. Consequently, it imports the bulk of its raw materials at world prices -- yet, paper in China generally sells at prices much lower than in the United States or European Union.

The economic development in the developed parts of China is rapid and significant. In China, the demand for industrial products has increased considerably over the last few years. In addition, the demand for high-quality paper from consumers in China is propelling production within the industry.Chinese paper manufacturing

The underdeveloped parts of the country also provide a potential market in the long-term because of the increasing disposable income of the people, the rapid development in the economy, and the increase in urbanisation in China.

China's paper industry has limited economies of scale or scope. Over 88% of the companies are small and 12% are medium-sized. The top 10 com¬panies in China control about 20% of the total domestic market with the balance spread across a range of small, inefficient companies. The industry is geographically fragmented as well, operating in 30 provinces.

Key players currently dominating the Chinese paper manufacturing market include Tetra Pak China Ltd., Zhejiang Dashengda Packaging Co. Ltd., Shanghai Zhonglong Paper Co. Ltd., and Salfo Group Co. Ltd.

For more information on the Chinese paper manufacturing market, see the latest research: Chinese Paper Manufacturing Market

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