Preliminary Figures Indicate Paper and Board Production by CEPI Member Countries Fell by About 1.3% in 2013

It is estimated that paper and board production in CEPI member countries decreases by around 1.3%.

Feb. 4, 2014 - The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) announced that paper and board production by CEPI member countries fell by around 1.3% in 2013 according to preliminary figures. Total production in 2013 was around 91 million tonnes, over 11 million tonnes lower than the peak total paper production of 102 million tonnes in 2007.

Mill and machine closures in the EU27 in 2013 amounted to 2.4 million tonnes whilst new capacities or upgrading of existing ones reached 1.6 million tonnes.

It is estimated that the production of pulp (integrated + market) has decreased by around 1.8% when compared to the previous year, with total output of approximately 37 million tonnes. Output of market pulp increased by around 4.3%.

It is estimated that utilisation of paper for recycling by CEPI members increased by around 0.5%. The fall of the graphic paper sector demand was offset by the more positive development in the packaging paper and board sector.

Based on the cumulative data up to the end of the third quarter of 2013 it is expected that total paper and board deliveries for the year will have fallen by 1.5% - 2.0% when compared to 2012.

It appears that the overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries in 2013 decreased between 1.0% and 1.5% when compared to 2012, based on the latest data available.

While the EU27 have registered a 1.3% decrease in production, US and Japanese production has stagnated, in contrast with South Korea and Canada where production rose by over 3%. A moderate growth — between 1.5% and 3.0% — has been observed in emerging countries, China, Brazil, India and Russia.

According to early estimates, world paper and board production has increased by 1% in 2013 after a 0.2% increase in 2012.

CEPI's full two-page preliminary report with charts and graphs is available here: CEPI 2013 Preliminary Statistics (302k, pdf).

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production. To learn more, please visit: