Production of Pulp and Paper in Sweden Down Slightly in First Quarter 2013

Sweden's production of paper and paperboard in the first quarter of 2013 totaled 2.8 million tonnes, a decrease of 2.4 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

May 23, 2013 - The Swedish Forest Agency said that in the first quarter of 2013 Swedish mills' production of paper and paperboard totaled 2.8 million tonnes, a decrease of 2.4 percent. The production of newsprint decreased the most by 12 percent, and printing paper fell by 3 percent.

Other paper and paperboard grades increased slightly in the first quarter, the Agency said.

Wood pulp production totaled 3 million tonnes — a decrease of 0.7 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2012. Production of sulphate pulp, which accounts for 64 percent of the total production of wood pulp, was 0.7 percent higher in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same quarter 2012.

Production of other grades of wood pulp decreased slightly, the Agency said.

SOURCE: Swedish Forest Agency