After completing the market analysis of the Indian paper industry, we at xInvest Consultants recently completed a report on the Chinese paper and paperboard market. As you know, we publish executive style reports that are concise and ideal for a presentation. Our findings conclude that the Chinese paper demand is finally slowing down after a run of two decades. In 2013, Chinese paper demand was 97.8 million tonnes valued at $64.9 billion. This was lower than most forecasts from the past and our analysis shows that during the period 2014-2018, the demand will grow only at 4.2%. This means that in 2018, the market size will be approximately 120 million tonnes valued at $798.8 billion.
Our report Chinese Paper Industry Current Outlook and Forecast to 2018, we have concluded that maybe generous subsidies from the Chinese Government may have helped in the short-term, they have done long-term harm to the industry. The government is reacting by shutting down dozens of plants in the hope of eliminating capacity, but the process will be painful.