Finnish Pulp and Paper Production, Jan-Sept., a Mixed Bag

Finnish paper and paperboard production totalled 8.7 million tonnes in January-September 2011 — about one percent less than the same period in 2010.

Nov. 8, 2011 - Finnish pulp production in January-September was up 2%, while paper and paperboard production was down 1% from the corresponding period of 2010, according to the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. Sawn timber production increased 5% from the corresponding period of the previous year.

"The uncertain economic situation of the main market area in Europe led to weakened demand for forest industry products in the third quarter," said Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the FFIF. "In the current volatile economic climate, it is important to ensure the stability of the domestic operating environment and look after our cost-competitiveness.

"It is also crucial for the forest industry, as well as for the entire export sector, that moderate, competitiveness-boosting wage solutions are negotiated for the export industry and that industrial peace is maintained throughout the delivery chain," Jaatinen stressed.

FFIF said paper and paperboard production totalled 8.7 million tonnes in January-September 2011 — about one percent less than in the previous year.

Finnish pulp production amounted to 5.1 million tonnes, up two percent from 2010, while sawn timber production totalled 7.6 million cubic metres in January-September, which represented an increase of five percent from the corresponding period of 2010.

SOURCE: Finnish Forest Industries Federation