Cepi has released its Preliminary Statistics for 2013. 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 utilization 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.