This week we are continuing our series on the biggest industries WARE serves. Our previous installments explored the Gulf Coast petroleum industry and the distillery industry. Today we wanted give you a look into the forestry and paper industry.
Forestry to Paper: How the industry operates
The relationship between the forestry and paper industry is directly related to the process of converting wood into pulp, the main component of paper. Recovery boilers are critical components in the pulp and paper manufacturing process, new steam improvements are estimated to save and use energy more efficiently. Savings occur as the pressure steam is used for processing heat in the pulp and paper mills. Today, recovery boilers perform this process using advanced technology from wood chips or recycled paper from newspapers, magazines and packing materials. You can learn more about how steam is used in the paper making process by checking out this series of Steam Culture videos.
Forestry and Paper in the United States
According to the U.S. Forest Service more than 750 million acres of the United States are covered by forests. Currently our western coast is home to the largest forested lands in the U.S. comprised of Alaska, Oregon, and California. During the past five years, statistics confirm the value of the industry with a value of approximately $240 billion annually, in which paper mill shipments represent one-fifth, or $46 billion, of revenue.
Annual payrolls employ nearly one million people in 47 states. As one of the leading production industries in the U.S., timber has remained a market staple and industry demands continue to increase. The U.S. is also home to the largest industrial forest, paper, and packaging companies worldwide.
U.S. awareness of its forest and environmental values are unmatched with the best practices in place, ensuring forests are replenished and maintained each year. In addition to the first-tier direct business, the paper industry developed a secondary tier, recycled paper. Construction companies and developer have also began committing to using environmentally friendly building materials, as well as making better use of wood materials as a result of improved pulping processes.
The Global Forestry and Paper Industry
Internationally, Europe is the second largest paper producing region with productions providing more than 21 percent of the world’s paper and pulp needs.
Asia accounts for one-third of the world’s paper and pulp production with China obviously leading the pack, producing over 17 million tons of pulp in 2014.
Our neighbor to the north, Canada, had forest production revenues in 2015 reaching $422 million. Canadian market strategies and manufacturing are focused on customized products, lessening the use of automation and increasing labor opportunities and niche manufacturing.
WARE has experience serving companies in all aspects of the forestry and paper industry. Next week we will be looking at another industry we serve, the textile industry. So stay tuned!
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