May Statistics on the European Mechanical Papers Industry

June 28, 2011 - CEPIPRINT, the Association of European Publication Paper Producers, [released] its monthly summary of European (Western + Eastern) mechanical paper statistics [for May 2011].

European demand for Newsprint picked up by 3.6% (28,000 tonnes) in May compared to the year-earlier period. Domestic shipments increased 4.9% (37,000 tonnes), but exports of Newsprint fell 17.3% (25,000 tonnes) largely due to a sharp contraction in deliveries to the Far East.

In the SC-magazine paper sector last month, European demand dipped 1.4% (4,000 tonnes) year-on-year. However, exports of the grade grew 24.4% (14,000 tonnes) during the same period with the largest increases going to North America and Oceania. The rise in exports took total European shipments to 361,000 tonnes, up 2.9% on previous.

Coated Mechanical Reels was the only European publication paper sector to post positive results across the board last month. European demand for CMR edged up 2.8% (14,000 tonnes), while shipments overseas climbed 9.3% (13,000 tonnes). The rise in domestic shipments combined with growth in exports took total European shipments of the grade to 545,000 tonnnes.

European demand of the Uncoated Mechanical grades recorded just 0.9% change year-on-year in May. In the overseas markets, shipments to the Far East grew year-on-year, but all other export regions showed a decline. The flat level of domestic shipments combined with a 10.0% (5,000 tonnes) drop in exports resulted in total European shipments of the grade sliding 1.4% (3,000 tonnes) against last May.

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.