The paper industry in China has seen two decades of tremendous growth. According to the statistics released by the China Paper Industry Association, the paper industry in China continues to develop at a rapid pace. In 2007, China’s consumption reached 72.90 million tons and it produced over 73.50 million tons to rank the second in the world. China is a leading country in the world’s paper production, consumption and import. Industry experts predict this trend to continue, predicting an annual growth rate of more than 10 percent.
How paper market in China developed
The paper industry in China has unlimited potential and continues to develop at a rapid pace. Recent statistics illustrate China’s dramatic growth in paper consumption is much greater than its total production. As a result, paper has to be imported to make up for the shortage. In an effort to keep up with the ever increasing demand, China has to continue its growth in the paper industry. In 2009, there were 3,600 paper manufacturing mills in China. By 2010, over 200 enterprises were producing 100,000 tons or more.
Despite being a world leader in paper production, China is limited only by its lack of raw materials for making paper and has become more and more dependent on international pulp suppliers. China has imported over 26 million tons of pulp and waste paper for its mills. This figure will continue to grow in direct relation to its annual production growth rate.
Giant paper brand in China ：APP
The Singaporean-based company, Asia Pulp & Paper, also known in the paper industry as APP, is one of the largest pulp and paper companies in the world. APP claims to obtain 80%-90% of the fiber for paper-making from sustainable plantations. Many organizations have documented that a significant portion of its raw materials come from rain forests in addition to plantation wood. APP claims it is now working actively to rely on sustainable plantations for future production. It can produce about 2 million tons of pulp and more than 5 million tons of paper and packaging materials per year. Part of the Sinar Mas Group, it operates plants in Indonesia and China and sells its products in more than 60 countries around the world. In recent years, the company says it has significantly increased spending to advance sustainability and environmental protection. By the end of 2009, APP-China said it invested more than 5 billion RMB in environmental protection, with emission indicators said to exceed national and international standards.
The trend of paper industry– Energy saving, environmental protection, quality improvement & economic benefits
Paper-making technologies in the world have developed at a rapid pace over the last several years. Because of the limited resources and environmental restrictions, the paper industry is looking for ways to conserve energy, protect the environment and improve product quality while increasing profits. They are transforming into modern industrial enterprises with a focus on high efficiency, quality, and low consumption and emissions. The technological integration, product diversification, cleaner production, energy conservation, combination of forest and paper, as well as industrial globalization marks the paper industry’s latest development trends.
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