Paper makers have done a lot to reduce costs. Can they go further? The black liquor subsidies effectively were a cost reduction for the mills in the U.S., but this was a temporary respite, greatly needed during the Great Recession. And how much of this was passed on to printers who also needed some help?
These are difficult questions, but one thing is clear: if printers can only survive by forcing the mills to sell below cost, and if mills can only survive by pushing prices beyond what printers can absorb, then we are all in trouble.
Jack Miller is founder and Principal Consultant at Market-Intell LLC, offering Need to Know™ market intelligence in paper, print and packaging. Previously, he was senior consultant, North America, with Pira International.
Known as the Paper Guru, Jack is the former director of Market Intelligence with Domtar, where he also held positions as regional sales manager, territory sales manager and product manager. He has presented at On Demand, RISI’s Global Outlook, PRIMIR, SustainCom World and at various IntertechPira conferences. Jack has written for Printing Impressions, Canadian Printer, Paper 360, PaperTree Letter and Package Printing, along with publishing a monthly e-newsletter, MarketIntellibits.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross and has done graduate studies in Statistics and Finance.