CEPIPRINT Releases June Figures for European Mechanical Papers

July 25, 2011 (Press Release) - CEPIPRINT issues today its monthly summary of European (Western + Eastern) mechanical paper statistics.

The Newsprint sector recorded a 3.1% (25,000 tonnes) increase in European demand in June compared to the same period last year. Total European shipments were up 1.1% (10,000 tonnes) last month on the back of higher domestic deliveries. However, exports of Newsprint fell 18.5% (28,000 tonnes) during the same period.

European demand for SC-Magazine was 4.8% (15,000 tonnes) lower in June year-on-year. Looking at shipments, a 19.4% (14,000 tonnes) hike in exports took total European shipments to 392,000 tonnes, just 0.4% below the level seen in June last year.

The Coated Mechanical Reels sector reported a similar rise in overseas shipments last month. Exports of the grade were up 12.7% (20,000 tonnes). On the other hand, local European shipments were down 8.5% representing a 50,000 tonne drop year-on-year with reductions recorded in several large markets, particularly Spain and Germany.

Albeit on a smaller scale, exports of Uncoated Mechanical papers were also up last month with a rise of 13.7% (5,000 tonnes). Domestic shipments of the grade were down 1.8% or 3,000 tonnes, which led to Total European shipments of 214,000 tonnes in June, a 2,000 tonne rise on previous.

The Association of European Publication Paper Producers, CEPIPRINT asbl, is a legally and financially independent association based in Brussels, Belgium. It is a non-profit making organisation funded by its members, who are manufacturers of newsprint and magazine paper grades in Europe. CEPIPRINT membership currently includes 52 companies belonging to 17 independent groups, over 60 paper mills and 165 paper machines in 13 European countries.

SOURCE: CEPIPRINT (Association of European Publication Paper Producers)