Ten-Year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies in the Pulp and Paper Supply Chain to 2023

A ten-Year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies in the Pulp and Paper industry in this market report to 2023 from Smithers Pira.


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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 20 May 2013
Product format: Market Report
Number of pages: 150
Number of tables: 75
Forecast range: 2013-2023

With transition tables highlighting each technology's likely impact on the global pulp paper market, this report details how current and emerging trends will shape the industries. Technological progress can be a driver for change - especially in a highly capitalised, complex manufacturing areas - and this report is essential for businesses wanting to stay competitive.



  • Thorough definitions and descriptions of disruptive technologies that could impact the pulp paper industry to 2023
  • Assessment of the potential impact of the top 25 disruptive technologies over the next 10 years
  • Exclusive pulp paper market technology forecasts, clearly illustrated with 75 tables and figures, including transition tables


Ten-Year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies in the Pulp and Paper Supply Chain to 2023 is the result of an exhaustive primary research programme incorporating interviews with a panel of leading paper and technology experts. The expert responses were tabulated and ranked to form the overall top 25 disruptive technologies. Secondary research was carried out to be able to provide a more detailed description of each item on the top 25 list. In addition, the most recent available data was consulted for worldwide consumption of different grades of pulp and paper products. The report provides a unique depth of information and analysis.


  • Analysis of the top 25 disruptive technologies likely to impact the pulp paper industry
  • 10-year forecasts of technology-driven changes
  • Exclusive description and analysis of the pulp paper market


  • Identify and understand effects of the top 25 disruptive technologies on the pulp and paper industry over the next 10 years
  • Understand global trends affecting the pulp and paper supply chain
  • Use scenario plans of emerging trends and ten-year predictions of disruptive technologies to plan your business strategy with confidence
  • Identify business opportunities with forecasts to 2023


  • Pulp and paper chemical suppliers
  • Paper manufacturers
  • Print equipment manufacturers
  • Packaging converters
  • Consumable and equipment suppliers
  • Brand owners and retailers
  • Industry consultants and analysts


  • One hard copy of the report sent to you on publication date
  • Electronic copy with searchable PDF
  • Global intranet licence allowing everyone in your organisation electronic access to the study

Table of Contents

Executive summary

  • Introduction
  • Survey results
  • Anticipating changes
  • Technology clusters
  • Summary of disruptive technologies

Introduction and methodology

  • Objective
  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Definitions

Drivers and trends

  • Introduction
  • Coping with disruptive technologies
  • Leading the way in disruptive innovations
  • Predicting disruptive innovations
  • ↘↘ The innovation cycle
  • ↘↘ Domains of disruption
  • ↘↘ The uneven nature of disruptive effects

Disruptive technologies

  • Introduction
  • Internet shopping and e-commerce
  • ↘↘ Internet shopping practices by individuals
  • ↘↘ Business-to-business commerce
  • News on the internet
  • ↘↘ Peer-reviewed scholarly publications
  • Electronic books
  • Innovative packaging
  • ↘↘ Label papers
  • Digital archiving
  • ↘↘ Trends in digital archiving
  • On-demand printing
  • ↘↘ The quality of on-demand printed books
  • ↘↘ Environmental impact of on-demand printing
  • Tablet computing, texting
  • Advances in computer power
  • ↘↘ Moore's Law
  • Green marketing, laws
  • ↘↘ Closed-cycle concepts
  • ↘↘ Trend toward using less virgin fibre
  • ↘↘ More eco-friendly chemical additives
  • ↘↘ Reducing energy needed to dry paper
  • ↘↘ Impact of green issues on packaging innovation
  • ↘↘ New terminology
  • ↘↘ Change in law affects the pulp and paper supply chain
  • Functional coatings
  • ↘↘ Dry coatings
  • ↘↘ Other innovations in functional coatings
  • ↘↘ Product improvements in commodity paperboard grades
  • Web-formed composites
  • Radio frequency identification
  • ↘↘ Why RFID may facilitate returnable container practices
  • Exporting recovered fibres
  • ↘↘ Co-mingling of recovered paper
  • Fibre sources
  • Novel paper products
  • Genetic engineering
  • Cellulosic bioenergy
  • ↘↘ Pellets and briquettes
  • ↘↘ Bioconversion of biomass to liquid fuels and chemicals
  • ↘↘ Thermal conversion of biomass to liquid fuels and chemicals
  • Smart ink technologies
  • ↘↘ Advances in high-speed inkjet printing of paper webs
  • ↘↘ Printed electronics
  • ↘↘ Colour-fast technology
  • Telecommuting
  • Nanotechnology
  • ↘↘ Material preparation
  • ↘↘ Barrier films
  • ↘↘ Use of nanocellulose as a paper additive
  • ↘↘ Transparent cellulose films
  • Hygienic and bioactive papers
  • Enzymatic and other treatments of fibres
  • ↘↘ Cost-saving opportunities with enzymes
  • ↘↘ Enzymatic treatments focused on efficiency and up-time
  • ↘↘ Enzymatic treatments for fibre modification
  • Moulded paper and composites
  • ↘↘ 3-D products
  • ↘↘ Forming paper-like structures in 3-D moulds
  • ↘↘ Cellulosic fibres used in reinforcement
  • Biorefinery aspects
  • ↘↘ Pre-extraction of hemicellulose
  • ↘↘ Lignin removal
  • ↘↘ Green liquor as pulping agent
  • Location of innovation
  • ↘↘ North American research centres
  • ↘↘ Diffusion of knowledge
  • ↘↘ Patents and patenting
  • ↘↘ Trends in the 'information commons' and impact on IP
  • Water usage constraints

Technology forecasts

  • Pulp and paper grades
  • Pulp
  • ↘↘ Kraft pulp - unbleached / bleached
  • ↘↘ Mechanical pulp
  • ↘↘ Recovered fibre (paper recycling)
  • Paper grades
  • ↘↘ Uncoated free-sheet paper
  • ↘↘ Newsprint paper
  • ↘↘ Coated magazine paper
  • ↘↘ Paper bag and similar
  • ↘↘ Linerboard
  • ↘↘ Corrugating medium
  • ↘↘ Coated board
  • ↘↘ Liquid packaging board
  • ↘↘ Tissue and towel
  • ↘↘ Specialty papers and boards
  • Cellulosic bioenergy


Tables and Figures

  • Top 25 disruptive technologies showing technology clusters
  • Evolution of hardwood-based pulping technologies in the Nordic countries vs Brazil, 2010
  • Concept of an innovation cycle
  • Symbolic groupings of disruptive technologies
  • Most disruptive technologies: summary of expert panel ratings
  • Impact of e-shopping and e-commerce
  • News readers' technology choices
  • Electronic books rely on reflected light
  • Imparting high levels of dry strength
  • Archiving data to 'the cloud'
  • Steps in on-demand printing, by means of a self-contained system
  • Printed paper vs the tablet computer
  • Illustration of Moore's Law
  • Patents applied for and granted by the European Patent Office, 1980-2005
  • Illustration of coated paper concept
  • Illustration of web-based composite formation
  • RFID tag concept
  • Wastepaper to shipping containers
  • Traditional hardwood yard
  • Examples of paper structures used to protect plants from freezing
  • Genetic engineering schematic
  • Diagram of a typical pelletising operation
  • Smart ink concept for digitally printed solid-state electronics
  • Part-time telecommuting results in highest job satisfaction
  • Two widely used mechanical means of preparing microfibrillated cellulose
  • Schematic illustration of the use of cellulose enzyme treatment
  • Example of 3-D packaging
  • Schematic of kraft pulping
  • Creating order out of chaos: recovered paper's variability vs needed uniformity for recycled paper
  • The end of good news
  • RFID used to facilitate return and reuse of containers
  • Possible synergy between biorefineries and nanocellulose production
  • Top 25 disruptive technologies
  • Internet shopping: disruptive technology summary
  • News on the internet: disruptive technology summary
  • Electronic books and paper: disruptive technology summary
  • Innovative packaging: disruptive technology summary
  • Digital archiving: disruptive technology summary
  • On-demand printing: disruptive technology summary
  • Tablet computing and texting: disruptive technology summary
  • Computer power advances: disruptive technology summary
  • Green marketing, laws: disruptive technology summary
  • Expected savings and costs from fresh water reduction efforts
  • Functional coatings: disruptive technology summary
  • Web-formed composites: disruptive technology summary
  • Radio frequency identification: disruptive technology summary
  • Exporting waste fibres: disruptive technology summary
  • Fibre sources: disruptive technology summary
  • Novel paper products: disruptive technology summary
  • Tree bioengineering: disruptive technology summary
  • Cellulosic bioenergy: disruptive technology summary
  • Smart inks: disruptive technology summary
  • Telecommuting: disruptive technology summary
  • Nanotechnology: disruptive technology summary
  • Hygienic and bioactive papers: disruptive technology summary
  • Enzymatic and other fibre treatments: disruptive technology summary
  • Moulded paper products: disruptive technology summary
  • Biorefinery aspects: disruptive technology summary
  • Location of innovation: disruptive technology summary
  • Transition tables for:
  • ↘↘ unbleached kraft pulp production
  • ↘↘ for bleached kraft pulp production
  • ↘↘ for mechanical pulp production
  • ↘↘ recovered fibre production (recycling)
  • ↘↘ uncoated free-sheet paper production
  • ↘↘ newsprint paper production
  • ↘↘ coated magazine paper production
  • ↘↘ bag paper production
  • ↘↘ linerboard production
  • ↘↘ corrugated medium production
  • ↘↘ coated board production
  • ↘↘ liquid packaging board production
  • ↘↘ tissue and towel production
  • ↘↘ specialty papers and boards production
  • ↘↘ cellulosic bioenergy production