Russian timber: A growing force in world trade

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Russian Timber

Fresh data and analysis of Russia’s fast-growing forest products sector and its likely global impact over the next decade is now available from Risi. The report, entitled ‘Russian Timber: A Growing Force in World Trade,’ provides forecasts from 2017 (actual) to 2023 and 2028. Detailed projections of future production and exports of 13 key forest products categories are provided.

Lumber: Learn how this once-small sector has been transformed – through government policies and targeted investment – into a major force in global wood-products markets. It includes profiles of 19 key saw-milling companies, and data on woodchip and wood pellet residues.

Wood Panels: Survey of production and trade in veneer, plywood, particleboard (PB), medium density fiberboard (MDF) and oriented strand board (OSB), including profiles of 36 important Russian companies in this sector.

Logs: Review of the historical and current log trade to key Nordic and Asian markets. It includes insight on major Russian regions’ log exports and the largest Russian log exporting companies in 2017, plus details of multiple changes to regional and national log export taxes from 2000-2019.

Pulp and Paper: Data on historical production and exports. Profiles of companies in this still-minor segment of the Russian industry, plus analysis of prospects for expansion.

Russian Timber: the report also gives you a primer on Russia’s vast regional geography, macroeconomic fundamentals, federal forest inventory, and wood production – plus comparison of actual harvests to official annual cut quotas.

Contact: Fastmarkets Risi Special Studies – Information.risi@fastmarkets.com

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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