Results of our online poll on the challenges facing the forest, paper and packaging industry

Thank you to all who took part in our online poll. We had 80 responses across all the major regions of the industry globally - and it was excellent to see people heartily expressing their views on the challenges this industry is facing.

The poll was open for responses on our website between 22 August and 19 September, pre-dating the current deterioration of conditions in global financial markets, as well as the announced acquisition of M-Real's coated papers business by Sappi.

Below are the questions we asked and the results shown as percentage responses:

  • Which of the following do you feel has had the most significant impact on your bottom line in the last 12 months:
    Energy costs 25
    Foreign exchange rates 22
    Fibre supply 13
    Transportation costs 11
    Emerging markets 5
    Climate change 2
    No opinion 2
    total 80
  • When will major consolidation happen in the Western European industry:
    Within 1-3 years 32
    Within 1-3 years 24
    No opinion 11
    Within 12 months 7
    Within 6 months 2
    Never 4
    total 80
  • Which country or region has the best chance sustaining profitability over the next 1-3 years:
    Latin America 49
    China 17
    Russia 5
    Western Europe 3
    United States 3
    Central & Eastern Europe 2
    Canada 1
    total 80
  • The global 'credit crunch' has had the following impact on the forest, paper & packaging industry:
    Moderate 44
    Major 19
    Minor 13
    None 4
    total 80

The winner of prize draw for taking part in the poll has been informed - they win two delegates places to our 22nd Annual Global Forest & Paper Conference in Vancouver on 14 May 2009. To find out more about our conference click here .


Clive Suckling
Global Forest, Paper & Packaging leader
PricewaterhouseCoopers


Charts Chart 1
Which of the following do you feel has had the most significant impact on your bottom line in the last 12 months
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Chart 2
When will major consolidation happen in the Western European industry
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Chart 3
Which country or region has the best chance sustaining profitability over the next 1-3 years
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Chart 4
The global 'credit crunch' has had the following impact on the forest, paper & packaging industry
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