CEPI Member Countries Paper Production Down 1.7% in 2012

It is estimated that CEPI member countries produced around 92 million tonnes of paper and board in 2012, down 1.7% compared to 2011. Photo courtesy UPM.

Feb. 20, 2013 - CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) said that preliminary indications are that paper and board production by CEPI member countries fell by in the region of 1.7% in 2012.

CEPI countries in 2012 are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom. CEPI totals no longer include data for Switzerland.

It is estimated that CEPI member countries produced around 92 million tonnes of paper and board in 2012, resulting from some adjustments in production capacities with closures amounting to 2 million tonnes and new capacities or upgrading of existing ones accounting for close to 1 million tonne.

It is estimated that the production of pulp (integrated + market) has decreased by up to 1% when compared to the previous year, with total output of approximately 38 million tonnes. It is estimated that output of market pulp increased by about between 4% and 4.5%, while integrated pulp output decreased by 3% in 2012 when compared to 2011.

It is estimated that consumption of paper for recycling by CEPI members fell by between 1% and 1.5%.

Based on the cumulative data up to the end of the third quarter of 2012 it is expected that total paper & board deliveries for the year will have fallen by over 2% when compared to 2011.

It appears that the overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries in 2012 decreased by between 4% and 5% when compared to 2011.

To download the a copy of the two-page statistical report, click on the following link: CEPI Preliminary Statistics 2012 (pdf, 133k)

CEPI is headed by Director General, Teresa Presas, with a staff of 20, based in Brussels. It has five Standing Committees, which take long-term strategic perspectives on the issues affecting the industry. These are the Forest , Environment, Climate Change and Energy , Innovation and Recycling and Product committees under which a number of ad-hoc issue groups operate. For further information about CEPI, please visit: www.cepi.org