RISI Publishes the Latest Ranking of Global Pulp and Paper Companies in the PPI Top 100

By Risi, PRNE
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

BRUSSELS, September 30, 2010 - RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products
industry, today unveiled the latest edition of the Pulp & Paper International
(PPI) Top 100. Published in the September issue of PPI magazine and on the
RISI website, the PPI Top 100 is an annual list of the biggest pulp and paper
producers in the world. Once again, International Paper (IP) sits at the top
of the pile but there was a lot of movement elsewhere in the rankings.

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Oji Paper moved up three positions but it was enough to crack the top
five as the company came in at No. 3 behind IP and Procter & Gamble. Rounding
out the top five were SCA and Stora Enso. Fibria made its debut in the top
third of the table, at No. 28, and others making a first appearance in the
Top 100 were Hunan Tiger Forest & Paper at 80, Kapstone at 91, Arctic Paper
at 93 and Neenah Paper at 94.

As could be expected from how the worldwide pulp and paper industry has
shaken out over the past few years, the real movers were the Asians. Making a
significant climb up the ladder were Cheng Loong (from No. 88 all the way to
No. 70), Sun Paper, Hokuetsu, Rengo, Yuen Foong Yu, Lee & Man and Shandong
Chenming. At No. 35, Shandong Chenming is still the largest Chinese company
listed. Two Indian-based companies, BILT and ITC, also made a move upwards
from No. 98 to 95 and No. 99 to 90 respectively.

Overall, sales of pulp, paper, board and converted materials showed a
significant drop in 2009 compared with 2008, from US$313.8 billion to
US$282.6 billion
. This is even below the 2007 total of US$296.1 billion.
Total reported paper and board production fell to 187.5 million tonnes from
199.3 million tonnes in 2008. This marked the second consecutive year of
decline. Market pulp production did show a small jump up, to 38.4 million
tonnes from 37.3 million tonnes.

The annual PPI Top 100 is available for free on the RISI website. This
must-read report from the September issue of PPI magazine can be accessed at:
www.risi.com/top100. In addition to the Top 100 article, PDFs of all
the tables that relate to the report, which provide access to comparable
sales data, earnings for 2008 and 2009, total assets, and production figures
for pulp, paper and board are also available.

For executives involved in the pulp and paper industry who need more
in-depth information than the PPI Top 100 provides, RISI also offers Pulp &
Paper Company Profiles. Subscribers get access to comprehensive profiles of
the top 50 pulp and paper producers worldwide, along with interactive ranking
tools that let users easily compare financial results and capacities among
companies. Full details are available at www.risi.com/pcopro.

About RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products
industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood
products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing
industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout
North and South America, Europe and Asia. More information can be found at

    Jennifer Freitas
    4 Alfred Circle
    Bedford, MA 01730 USA
    Tel: +1-781-734-8949

Jennifer Freitas of RISI, +1-781-734-8949, jfreitas at risi.com

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