Brazil's Pulp Production Up 10.3% in First Two Months of 2015

In the first two months of 2015, Brazilian pulp production increased 10.3% year-over-year totaling 2.8 million tons.

March 26, 2015 - The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) reported that in the first two months of 2015, Brazilian pulp production increased 10.3% year-over-year totaling 2.8 million tons. Paper production remained practically stable in the first two months of the year, at 1.7 million tons.

In the wood panels segment, production in the first two months of 2015 totaled 1.2 million m3, a 6% drop year-over-year.

Exports Volume. In the first two months of 2015, pulp exports totaled 1.8 million tons, 6.3% higher than in the same period a year ago, when 1.7 million tons were exported. Paper exports totaled 293,000 tons in the first two months of this year, 8.7% lower year-over-year.

For the wood panels segment, the amount exported in the first two months of the year totaled 72,000 m3, a 26.3% growth compared to a year ago, when exports totaled 57,000 m3.

Domestic Sales. Pulp sales in the domestic market in the first two months of 2015 remained practically stable year-over-year, totaling 291,000 tons. Paper sales totaled 837,000 tons, 7% lower than in the same period in 2014.

In the wood panels segment, domestic market sales reached one million m3, 8.7% lower year-over-year.

Exports revenue. In the first two months of 2015, export revenues from pulp, wood panels and paper totaled US$ 1.1 billion, a 6.3% drop from USD 1.2 billion in the same period a year ago. The industry’s balance of trade in the first two months of the year was USD 899 million, 4.4% lower compared to the same period in 2014.

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) was created from members formerly belonging to the Association of the Wood Panels Industry (Abipa), the Brazilian Association of the Manufacturers of Laminate Flooring (Abiplar), the Brazilian Association of Forest Plantation Producers (Abraf) and the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa). To learn more about Ibá, please visit: www.iba.org.

SOURCE: The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)