Brussels — According to Preliminary Statistics 2013 by the Confederation of European Paper Industries, paper exports had fallen by over 2 percent by the end of September with the main markets for exports being other European countries, which took about 35 percent of all exports (35 percent in 2012), with deliveries to Asian countries taking around 28 percent (like in 2012) and 11 percent being exported to North America (10 percent in 2012). It is estimated that utilisation of paper for recycling by CEPI members increased by around 0.5 percent. The fall of the graphic paper sector demand was offset by the more positive evelopment in the packaging paper and board sector.
Preliminary indications are that imports of paper and board into the region appear to have decreased between 4.5 percent and 5 percent over 2012. Imports from other European countries accounted for 40 percent of all imports in the first three quarters of 2013 (40 percent 2012) and imports from North America had a share of 33 percent (34 percent in 2012), with the remaining 27 percent split virtually equally coming from the other regions (Latin America, Asia and the rest of the world).
It appears that the overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries in 2013 decreased between 1.0 percent and 1.5 percent when compared to 2012, based on the latest data available. Real GDP in the EU has been increasing since the second quarter of 2013 and survey-based confidence indicators show a continuation of the gradual recovery in economic activity. After a stagnant 2013, EU GDP is forecasted to grow by 1.4 percent in 2014 and 1.9 percent in 2015.
Paper and board production by CEPI member countries fell by around 1.3 percent in 2013 according to the 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. While the EU27 have registered a 1.3 percent decrease in production, US and Japanese production has stagnated, in contrast with South Korea and Canada where production rose by over 3 percent. A moderate growth – between 1.5 percent and 3.0 percent – has been observed in emerging countries, China, Brazil, India and Russia.
According to early estimates, world paper and board production has increased by 1 percent in 2013 after a 0.2 percent increase in 2012.
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Quelle: Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)