This report quantifies the market size of specialty paper for 2016 to 2020, estimates the market size for 2021 and forecasts the market up to 2026, in various sectors of the specialty papers market. Additionally,
it offers expert insight into the global specialty papers industry and provides a tool for strategic planning for paper producers, converters, and users. Often, specialty papers are produced in small volumes for
niche markets and, due to these small volumes, are manufactured on narrow paper machines that have the flexibility to make frequent grade changes, but this is not always the case.
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A key difference between specialty and commodity papers is that specialty grades cannot usually be used for anything else other than their intended special purpose. The supply chain for specialty papers
is different from that of commodity producers. For the most part, especially for lower volume paper grades, the paper manufacturers buy their pulp from pulp suppliers, whether that pulp is a virgin or recycled
wood-based pulp, cotton or other natural fibre pulp, or synthetic fibres.
What will you discover?
• The key trends driving the specialty papers market, including, sustainability, legislation, Covid-19 and on-the-go consumption
• The size of the specialty papers market segmented by end use/ geography with the impact Covid-19 had upon each segment
• New paper formats which are looking likely to replace plastic and their properties which make them competitors.
The Smithers methodology
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.
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About the author
- Converters of specialty papers
- Paper producers
- Users of specialty papers
- Producers of raw materials
Martin Fairbank Ph.D. worked for 28 years with Resolute Forest Products. Since 2016 he has run his own consulting business, focusing on providing technical expertise to clients as well as writing articles for several print and online publishers, including Pulp & Paper Canada and PaperAdvance. Martin has participated in several industry conferences as a presenter or moderator and has been an instructor for several industry-sponsored courses.