Printing and writing papers are used for newspapers, books, magazines, stationeries, commercial printing and digital printing among others. On the basis of product type, the printing and writing papers market is divided into coated mechanical, uncoated mechanical, coated free-sheet and uncoated free-sheet. Among the product segment, only uncoated mechanical has shown growth and is anticipated to follow similar trend over forecast period.
The market for printing and writing papers was mainly driven by increasing demand from tissue and packaging products. The demand has increased owing to growing demand from containerboards. In addition, printing and writing papers are also used in digital printing, commercial printing, office reprographics, magazines, catalogs and stationeries. Commercial printing is the leading application for printing and writing papers. Various types of new packaging techniques in emerging markets are likely to be a major opportunity for the printing and writing papers market. However, environmental regulations associated with paper and pulp industry is likely to be the major restraint for the market.
In terms of demand, Asia Pacific is the fastest emerging region for printing and writing papers market. The demand is huge due to lower consumption of paper compared with other regions. In addition, national governments in the countries of China, India, and other Asian countries are taking initiatives to facilitate literacy rate. The demand from North America, South America and European countries market is declining due to stagnation of the market and is likely to exhibit lower growth in near future. The Rest of the World is likely to offer new opportunities for the printing and writing papers market owing to increased demand from packaging applications.
Some of the key manufacturers in the printing and writing papers market are Changsu Mill, Domtar Corporation, International Paper Company, ITC Ltd., Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A, UPM-Kymmene Oyj and Weyerhaeuser Company among others.
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