After years of price increases and the peaking of market pulp prices in 2008 prices have now dropped together with other commodity prices. The most profitable companies in pulp and paper were the non-integrated market pulp producers 3 years in a row. This will most likely change with the declining pulp prices. However companies who have invested in low-cost raw material access such as in Brazil will continue to be successful. Integrated companies with this strategy will reduce the influence of commodity price volatility on their supply chains while being able to take expensive pulping capacity out of the market.
StepChange supports companies to reduce their production costs, streamline their raw material supply chains and to integrate closer with internal or external customers.