Consumption of paper and paperboard changing shape, but growing

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Europe’s paper and paperboard manufacturing is going through a major transition. According to statistics published by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) at the beginning of July, production of graphic papers has continued to contract, while production of packaging materials and hygiene papers has grown.

CEPI signals that a positive change has occurred in paper and paperboard consumption. The decline that continued for three years has now ended, and consumption has started to grow again. CEPI consists of 17 EU Member States and Norway, who together consumed more than 77 million tonnes of paper and paperboard products. Germany (24.8% of aggregate production), Sweden (11.4%) and Finland (11.4%) were the largest paper and paperboard producing Member States.

Even though paper and paperboard consumption has grown slightly around the world, exports to countries outside CEPI reduced last year when compared to 2013. At the same time, imports of paper and paperboard products to Europe grew, causing some concern in CEPI members. All in all, the balance of trade in paper goods remained in the black for CEPI member countries last year.

Market pulp production was down 1.4% from 2013. CEPI member countries handle about a fifth of all pulp manufacturing. Asia was the most significant destination for European pulp exports and 2.2 million tonnes were shipped to the region in 2014. The largest share of Europe’s pulp imports came from Latin America, with 5.4 million tonnes shipped in 2014. In all, marker pulp imports exceeded 7.7 million tonnes and the CEPI region exported 3.2 million tonnes. Europe’s biggest pulp producers last year were Sweden and Finland. Together, they account for some 60% of all CEPI pulp production. Last year, CEPI member countries produced 36.5 million tonnes of pulp in total.

Source: CEPI