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CEPI Member Countries Produced 1.5% More Paper and Board in 2017 vs. 2016

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Feb. 16, 2018 - The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) member countries' paper and board production has increased by 1.5% in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary figures. Total production in 2017 was around 92.3 million tonnes. New capacities and upgrade of existing ones have more than compensated for closures in 2017, similar to 2016.

World paper and board production has also increased by 1.5% in 2017, almost reaching 420 million tonnes according to very first estimates. Japan has registered a moderate growth while the US was stable. Production in Canada, South Korea and India contracted. China has grown at a higher speed than the previous year: +4.7% in 2017 against +2.9% in 2016. Brazil and Russia also recorded strong growth.

Recent trends in the output of graphic and packaging grades continue

Divergence in the production trends of graphic grades against packaging grades continues with a decline in the production of graphic grades and additional growth in the output of packaging grades.

The overall production of graphic grades fell by around 1.5%.

Output of newsprint — used mainly for daily newspapers — is expected to fall around 5.4%. The production of graphic papers in other areas — magazines and catalogues, direct mail, directories, etc. — shows slightly different trends. Output of coated mechanical paper fell by 1.0% whilst production of coated woodfree grades increased by 2.0%. Uncoated mechanical paper output decreased by 2.1% and the production of uncoated woodfree grades — mainly office paper — is estimated to have decreased by 1.3%.

Overall this means that production of coated graphic papers rose by 0.5% whilst output of uncoated grades fell by 1.6%. Production of woodfree graphics showed a slight increase of 0.1% whilst output of mechanical graphic papers decreased by 1.5%.

Packaging Grades

The production of packaging grades is estimated to have increased by around 3.7% compared to 2016. Within the packaging grades, case materials — mainly used for transport packaging and corrugated boxes — recorded a strong 5% increase in production. The output of carton board plus other packaging board — such as small goods packaging or book covers — grew by 1.8%, and the production of wrapping grades — used for paper bags production — showed an increase of around 0.5%. Production is affected by the ongoing trend towards lightweighting and resource efficiency as it is measured in tonnes. The share of packaging grades accounted for 51.2% (50.2% in 2016) of the total paper and board production, with graphic grades accounting for 36.2% (37.3% in 2016).

CEPI's full 2017 report with charts and grahps is available as a two-page pdf file on their website:

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit-making organisation representing the European pulp and paper industry. Through its 18 member countries (17 EU members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 515 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:

SOURCE: Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)