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Preliminary Statistics for 2013

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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.

The production of packaging grades is estimated to have increased by around 1.8% when compared with 2012. Within the packaging grades, case materials recorded an increase in production of around 2%. The output of carton board has shown growth of over 3% while the production of wrapping grades decreased by around 0.3%. Production is impacted by the on-going trend towards lightweighting and resource efficiency as it is measured in tonnes. The share of packaging grades accounted for 45.9% of the total paper and board production, with graphic grades taking 41.9%. Hygienic paper manufacturers are  estimated to have seen a rise in output of just over 1% when compared with 2012 and accounted for 7.7% of total production. Output of all other grades of paper and board – mainly for industrial and special purposes – decreased by 1.8% (4.5% of total production).
The production of packaging grades is estimated to have increased by around 1.8% when compared with 2012. Within the packaging grades, case materials recorded an increase in production of around 2%. The output of carton board has shown growth of over 3% while the production of wrapping grades decreased by around 0.3%. Production is impacted by the on-going trend towards lightweighting and resource efficiency as it is measured in tonnes. The
share of packaging grades accounted for 45.9% of the total paper and board production, with graphic grades taking 41.9%. Hygienic paper manufacturers are
estimated to have seen a rise in output of just over 1% when compared with 2012 and accounted for 7.7% of total production. Output of all other grades of paper and board – mainly for industrial and special purposes – decreased by 1.8% (4.5% of total production).

 

 

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