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Paper Recycling February 26, 2020 09:30:14 AM

CEPI: European Paper and Board Output in Downward Trend

Paul Ploumis
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The imports registered decline by 3.9% from 2018, whereas the exports of paper and board increased close to 0.9%.

CEPI: European Paper and Board Output in Downward Trend

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The preliminary statistics published by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) suggests that European paper and board output in 2019 witnessed decline, very much in line with the downtrend witnessed in the region’s economy. The paper and board production by the region reported 3.0% decline during the year, when compared with 2018.

According to CEPI, the 4% decline in European paper and board consumption followed the downtrend in EU economic growth, which slowed down from 1.9% in 2018 to 1.1% in 2019. The ongoing global instability and rising trade tensions also contributed to the decline, it noted.

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The imports registered decline by 3.9% from 2018, whereas the exports of paper and board increased close to 0.9%. Meantime, the domestic paper and board deliveries in Europe witnessed 2.6% decline.

The total production of packaging paper and board remained relatively stable in 2019. The production of newsprint and printing & writing papers was down by more than 8%. On the contrary, sanitary and household paper production registered 1% growth.

The total pulp production has increased by 0.8% in 2019, primarily on account of 6.1% jump in market pulp production.

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