Which Country Produces the Most Chemical Wood Pulp?

Chemical Wood Pulp Production (kt), 2018 or latest
Paper, Pulp & Forestry | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 47 countries in 2018, USA ranked the highest in chemical wood pulp production with 42,539,598 kt followed by Brazil and Canada. On the other end of the scale was Sri Lanka with 2,600 kt, Uzbekistan with 7,400 kt and Bangladesh with 11,000 kt.

Total chemical wood pulp production reached 146,421,683 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 2.07 % more than in the previous year and 10.2 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total chemical wood pulp production reached an all time high of 146,421,683 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 37,397,300 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.42 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 29.1 % of chemical wood pulp production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 49.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 84.9 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Chemical Wood Pulp Production indicator page.

Chemical Wood Pulp Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Brazil kt 13,354,000 14,507,000 15,862,000 16,840,000 18,210,000
Canada kt 9,098,000 9,119,000 9,114,000 9,100,000 9,128,000
Chile kt 4,632,000 4,793,000 4,894,500 4,806,200 4,859,600
China kt 5,529,000 6,240,000 7,049,000 7,089,000 7,479,000
Finland kt 6,701,000 6,823,000 6,756,406 6,930,000 7,060,000
France kt 1,204,900 1,327,000 1,366,000 1,635,000 1,630,000
Germany kt 1,593,000 1,597,000 1,633,000 1,608,000 1,612,067
India kt 1,464,300 1,739,300 2,394,300 2,534,300 2,434,800
Indonesia kt 6,328,000 6,400,000 6,395,000 6,745,000 6,887,000
Japan kt 7,926,000 8,082,000 8,302,000 8,132,000 8,048,000
Portugal kt 2,452,030 2,536,674 2,625,900 2,612,300 2,624,400
Russia kt 5,314,000 5,080,000 5,463,000 5,325,000 5,552,000
Sweden kt 7,813,000 7,700,000 7,736,025 7,788,999 8,009,011
USA kt 42,060,040 40,940,100 42,334,000 42,110,000 42,461,999
Uruguay kt 1,150,000 1,240,000 1,910,000 2,412,000 2,604,326