As papermaking and inkmaking industries in the United States and Australia grew in popularity, so too did the demand for papermaking paper.
But it wasn’t until after World War II that the Philippines came to be known as a paper-making country.
In the years that followed, the Philippine papermaking industry experienced significant expansion, but its popularity did not fully take off until the 1950s.
In a country with a long history of papermaking production, papermaking is a surprisingly resilient industry.
The Philippines papermaking boom of the 1950’s and ’60’s wasn’t just about paper.
It was also about the rise of the printer, which enabled Filipino manufacturers to make the paper that would become ubiquitous in the 1960s and ’70s.
The story of paper and ink In the United Kingdom, for example, the rise and fall of the papermaking industries were the stuff of history books.
As early as 1848, Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Paper, ink, and all other paper-based industries have been steadily falling for more than half a century.
The period of the greatest prosperity and the most rapid industrial progress in the world has passed.
We have no choice but to take the step of paper-buying and we are compelled to do so because paper is the one indispensable commodity for the maintenance of the world economy.”
But in the 1930s, the print industry’s heyday was over.
In 1940, the British Royal Mail stopped sending mail to the Philippines and the United states because the country was not allowed to send any more letters.
By the 1950, the printing industry was losing money and there was little to be done about it.
In 1959, a government decree ordered the closing of all printing plants in the country, a move that lasted until 1970.
In 1965, President Fidel Castro issued a decree that banned the printing of books, newspapers, and magazines in the Republic of the Philippines, a decision that was challenged in the courts and ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court in 1976.
The Philippine papermakers were no longer able to sell their paper and other goods through the mail.
By 1969, the country had lost its printing industry to a group of other countries, including Germany and France, as well as the United Nations.
But the paper industry in the post-war years was not completely shut down.
In 1978, the Philippines became the first country to become an international papermaking exporter, and in 1980, it became the second country after the United Arab Emirates to become a papermaking state.
The new papermaking market had opened up, and the country continued to be the leading exporter of paper.
The demand for Philippine paper grew steadily, but the paper making industry also continued to struggle financially.
Between 1971 and 1986, the cost of paper rose from $1.8 million to $5.8 billion.
The rise of ink production and the rise in ink costs made it impossible for the Philippines to keep up with the rise that occurred with papermaking.
With the economic collapse in the 1970s, there was a sense of panic in the industry.
A few small papermaking plants, such as the Bataan Paper Mill in Cebu City, were forced to close their doors.
The country also experienced a sharp downturn in the 1980s, as the economic crisis hit the country hard and the ink-making industry struggled.
By 2001, the economy was in freefall.
With no ink to go around, and a new government policy of rationing ink supplies, the industry struggled to stay afloat.
In 2005, the government imposed an ink rationing program in the face of the ink shortages.
And the paper manufacturing boom didn’t end with the ink ration.
As a result, the demand to get ink from the Philippines has only grown over the years.
In 2010, the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that about 90% of the production in the Philippine inkmaking industry went to countries in the Asia-Pacific region, such in China and Vietnam.
And by 2021, the paper producing industries will account for roughly 15% of global production, according to the UN Office on Drug and Crime.
Papermaking has been a resilient industry since it started.
Its roots are in the past When the Philippines was first founded, paper production was one of the few industries that remained in the colonial past.
It has remained so today, with many of the industries that once made paper and the paper produced in it still thriving today.
For example, ink was not invented in the Phillipines until 1849, a mere 10 years after the country became independent from the British crown.
The reason for this is because the region that the paper was made from was not part of the British Empire and so was considered an indigenous land.
However, the area around Bataano was colonized in 1776 by Spanish conquistadors.
By 1832, the islands of the Bato islands were under Spanish control and the island of Luzon was established