CEPIPRINT Releases July European Mechanical Papers Statistics

Aug. 25, 2011 (Press Release) - CEPIPRINT, the Association of European Publication Paper Producers, issues today its monthly summary of European (Western + Eastern) mechanical paper statistics.

Total European shipments of Newsprint were 5.3% (47,000 tonnes) lower in July compared to the same period last year. Exports of the grade fell 17% (27,000 tonnes) while domestic deliveries were down 2.7% (20,000 tonnes) year-on-year. European demand for Newsprint dipped 3.4% to 722,000 tonnes last month, a reduction of 26,000 tonnes from July 2010. However, year-to-date European demand for the grade showed a 1.2% (63,000 tonnes) rise against the same period last year.

In the SC-magazine paper sector, exports were flat in July year-on-year while the accumulated figures of January-July recorded a 22.1% (89,000 tonnes) hike in shipments overseas. Domestic shipments of the grade fell 5.8% (19,000 tonnes) last month compared to the year-earlier period.

Looking at Coated Mechanical Reels, July saw overseas shipments of the grade climb 7.6% (13,000 tonnes) against July last year. Domestic shipments did not fare so well, though, contracting 4.8% (23,000 tonnes) year-on-year.

For Uncoated Mechanical papers, July saw demand and shipments down across the board compared to the same period last year, whereas the year-to-date comparisons remained positive for the first 7 months of the year.

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.