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11 Jul.2019

PRESS RELEASE: European pulp and paper industry creates 2,000 more jobs in 2018

In 2018, CEPI members produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and board, keeping the same level of production than in 2017, and benefiting from a healthy economic environment.
 
Our 2018 data confirms the longstanding trend of increased production in packaging, hygiene and speciality paper sectors while graphic paper continues to decline, following the demand reduction.
 
For the first time since 1990s, the sector opened 9 new mills and created 2,000 more jobs with a total increased turnover of +3%.

CO2 emissions from operations are steadily going down while the production of paper and board remained stable which illustrates the significant industry investments in decarbonisation technologies and increased energy efficiency. We have demonstrated how the industry is actively taking responsibility in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as playing a leading role in providing bio-based alternatives to carbon-intensive products in our REINVEST 2050 project.
 
Exports of paper and board products are growing, especially to North America, with 20.6 million tonnes in total, +1.1% compared to 2017 and imports are going up by 3.3%. Europe remains a net exporter and the number one exporting area in the world.
 
Our commitment to the circular economy remains stronger than ever with paper for recycling utilisation on the rise, i.e. the volumes recycled in European mills for reprocessing, keeping the fibres longer in the loop.
 
However, the 2018 recycling rate, i.e. proportion of the paper and board consumption that has been recycled, is slightly down from 72.4% to 71.6% due to trade flows, namely a significant export erosion of paper for recycling (-6.1%).
 
“Our 2018 Key Statistic report demonstrates once again that our industry is fast-transforming, creating jobs and believing in its capacity to grow in Europe putting into practice a true circular bioeconomy model ” said Jori Ringman, CEPI Director General.
 
For more information, please consult our latest market data here
 
For further information, please contact Ariane Crêvecoeur, CEPI Statistics Manager at a.crevecoeur@cepi.org
For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs & Communications Director at c.couet@cepi.org 
 
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08 Jul.2019

Key statistics report 2018 out now!

Each year in July CEPI publishes the latest preliminary market and production data for the previous year. 

Some of the figures can be found below:

Paper & Board
Production: 92.2 million tonnes (+0%)
Exports : 20.6 million tonnes (+1.1%)
Imports : 5.8 million tonnes (+3.3%)
Consumption: 77.4 million tonnes (-0.1%)

Market Pulp
Production : 14.4 million tonnes (+1.6%)
Consumption : 19.8 million tonnes (+4.5%)

Paper for Recycling (PFR)
Utilisation : 48.8 million tonnes (+0.9%)
Exports : 10.0 million tonnes (-6.1%) 
Collection : 56.7 million tonnes (-0.3%) 
European PFR recycling rate : 71.6% 

The full report is available here.

For more information on the report, please contact Ariane Crèvecoeur, CEPI's Statistics Manager at a.crevecoeur@cepi.org.


 

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08 Jul.2019

CEPI Annual Statistics 2018 - limited assurance report Deloitte

Deloite has been engaged by the Confederation of European Paper Industries ("CEPI") to issue a limited assurance statement on the data quality rating method CEPI applies on a selection of core indicators published in the "2018 CEPI annual statistics report", "2017 Environment Statistics report" and the "Key Statistics Report", being a summarizing public report in which the most relevant indicators are published. The core indicators covered by the assurance statement and the detailed data quality rating made by CEPI can be retrieved in Appendix 1 and 2 to our Assurance Statement. The data quality rating method applied by CEPI is based on Product Footprint Category Rules (PFCR) for paper, developed by the European Commission's DG Environment (see Appendix 2 to our Assurance Statement).

The full limited assurance statement can be consulted at the link at the bottom of this page.

  Otherwise for more information you may contact Bernard Lombard, Trade & Industrial Policy Director at b.lombard@cepi.org.

 

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01 Feb.2019 ,

Preliminary Statistics 2018

Paper and board production stable and market pulp production up in 2018 compared to 2017

CEPI member countries’ paper and board production was stable in 2018, compared to the previous year, according to preliminary figures. Total production in 2018 reached 92.2 million tonnes. 2018 saw new capacities coming on stream but also closures. Combined with the upgrade of existing machines, this translated in a net capacity increase of 1.3 million tonnes.

The production stability observed in Europe contrasts with the reduced global paper and board production 0.6% in 2018 compared to 2017, to 417 million tonnes according to very first estimates. This reduction was mainly driven by China, whose production decreased by close to 4%. Paper and board production in Japan, South Korea and the United States has also declined, whilst production in Canada, Russia and several emerging countries (India, Indonesia and Mexico, for instance) increased.

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19 Jul.2018

Key statistics report 2017

Each year in July CEPI publishes the latest preliminary market and production data for the previous year. The latest data whether it is production, added-value or exports all indicate positive trends.

  • Investment: more than 5bn, a 7.5% increase from 2016
  • Exports: up 5.4%
  • Paper & Board consumption: up 0.5%
  • Paper & Board production: up 1.5%
  • Employment: up 0.1%

The full key statistics report can be downloaded here.

Deloittes auditor’s report assurance can be found here.

For more information on the report, please contact Ariane Crèvecoeur, CEPI's Statistics Manager at a.crevecoeur@cepi.org.
 

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