European Paper and Board Production Off About 2% in 2011
Feb. 17, 2012 - After the recovery in 2010 following the
previous financial downturn, the indications
are that paper and board production by
the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) member countries fell in 2011 by
close to 2% as the momentum of the
revival was affected by the economic
slowdown, particularly in the second half of
With overall volumes continuing
to remain some way below pre-crisis
levels it is estimated that CEPI member
countries produced around 95 million
tonnes of paper and board in 2011. Paper
production had reached 103 million tonnes
in 2007 and decreased by 13% between
2007 and 2009 before increasing by
over 8% in 2010.
European pulp & paper
production level remains slightly below the
average European manufacturing industry
performance but still above other energy-intensive
Based on estimates it
would appear that the performance of the
CEPI countries in total during 2011 is similar
to that of most of the other major paper
producing regions of the world with the
exception of South Korea and China, which
have performed better.
It is estimated that
world paper production has recorded a very
limited growth in 2011, around 0.5%.
For CEPI's full report "Preliminary Statistics for 2011," visit: www.cepi.org.
Through its 19 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway and Switzerland), CEPI represents some 550 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 1000 paper mills. Together they represent 25% of world production.