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European Paper Producers Saw Strong Demand in October

Nov. 28, 2006 - European paper producers experienced a good October with most grades of paper showing positive growth, according to the Association of European Publication Paper Producers, CEPIPRINT

In October, newsprint demand grew by an additional 4.1% compared to 2005, bringing the y-t-d gain to 2.9%. Although Eastern Europe is still showing greater growth in percentage terms, the Western region is growing at over 2% after the 10-month period. Once again, healthy domestic demand constrained the paper availability for export deliveries, which contracted by 2.6% during the month and are now at -6.8% after ten months.

Demand for SC magazine papers continued its impressive growth with another 8.1% increase in October. Also, exports remain very strong with approximately 40% growth both for the month and for the y-t-d figures.

Coated mechanical paper demand has now fully entered a seasonally very strong period, CEPIPRINT said. Demand grew by close to 4% in Ocotber, and total shipments by 2.5%. The monthly development leads to an y-t-d result of +1.7% and +0.5% respectively for demand and deliveries.

The only negative October figures were in uncoated mechanical papers, which showed a decline in demand of -1.3% for Western Europe. The situation has been characterized by continuing downgrading from high-bright grades to standard newsprint and the long term decline of some other sub-qualities, CEPIPRINT said. However, total deliveries to Europe and outside regions, from Jan. 1 through October, remain positive by +3.4%.

For CEPIPRINT's October report with year-to-date statistical information, go to:
European Mechanical Papers Statistics (PDF)

SOURCE: CEPIPRINT




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