As the COVID Delta variant remains persistent, so does the news surrounding it — which has recently focused on the impacts the virus has had on certain segments of the paper industry.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the world at the beginning of 2020, mask mandates, lockdowns, and remote schooling and working from home have become the new normal. Globally, as of August 30, 2021, there have been 216,229,741 total confirmed cases, 4,298,451 deaths and 5,019,907,027 vaccine doses administered.

While the world has not permanently put the COVID pandemic in the rearview mirror, most countries have spent the last few months adapting to the impacts, reconciling damages done and assimilating to the new structural changes and habits that have formed in response to the virus.

During a recent presentation, Lin Qijun, Chairman of Forest Packaging, stated that “In order to ensure the supply of recycled paper, a subsidiary was set up in Thailand this year to import RCP from the United States and other countries into the company. At present, the equipment is being installed. It is estimated that RCF pulp will be produced in June with an annual output of about 100,000 tons.”

Market pulp is a critical global commodity within the pulp and paper industry. As such, market pulp is a constant fixture in global trade flows because of its primary role in manufacturing numerous paper grades.

For most of 2020, the pulp and paper industry experienced fluctuations in different segments due to the global COVID-19 pandemic that struck in March. Many industry trends developed that were unexpected, however some were expected and took shape at an accelerated rate, such as the decline in demand for printing and writing papers.

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