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  August 13th, 2021 | Written by

Construction Boom Keeps Global Hardboard Exports Solid

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  • Global hardboard exports increased by +1.1% y-o-y to 3.6M cubic meters last year.
  • In 2020, Brazil, Thailand, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Belgium and Canada displayed the highest paces of growth.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘World – Hardboard – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

Global hardboard exports increased by +1.1% y-o-y to 3.6M cubic meters last year. Germany heads the list of the largest hardboard exporters worldwide, supplying 45% of its export volume to the U.S., France and Poland. In 2020, Brazil, Thailand, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Belgium and Canada recorded the most prominent export growth. 

Hardboard Exports by Country

In 2020, the amount of hardboard exported worldwide grew by +1.1% to 3.6M cubic meters. In value terms, hardboard exports accounted for $2B (IndexBox estimates) last year.

Germany (959K cubic meters), distantly followed by France (426K cubic meters), Belgium (398K cubic meters), and Poland (394K cubic meters) were the largest exporters of hardboard, together comprising 60% of total exports. The following exporters – China (140K cubic meters), Brazil (138K cubic meters), Russia (108K cubic meters), Belarus (103K cubic meters), Canada (92K cubic meters), Thailand (74K cubic meters), Turkey (68K cubic meters), Spain (67K cubic meters) and Romania (64K cubic meters) – together made up 24% of total exports.

In 2020, Brazil, Thailand, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Belgium and Canada displayed the highest paces of growth. Last year, Brazil emerged as the fastest-growing exporter worldwide. Russia experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, France, Poland, Belarus and China illustrated a downward trend over the same period.

In value terms, Germany ($815M) remains the largest hardboard supplier worldwide, comprising 40% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Poland ($239M), with a 12% share of global exports. It was followed by France, with a 7% share.

In 2020, the average hardboard export price amounted to $561 per cubic meter, waning by -1.9% against the previous year. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Turkey, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Major Markets for Hardboard Supplied from Germany

The U.S. (224K cubic meters), France (114K cubic meters) and Poland (90K cubic meters) were the main destinations of hardboard exports from Germany, together accounting for 45% of total exports. In 2020, the highest increase in supplied volume was in the U.S., while shipments for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($191M) remains the key foreign market for hardboard exports from Germany, comprising 23% of total exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($94M), with a 12% share of total exports. It was followed by Poland, with a 7.4% share.

Source: IndexBox Platform