CEPI has announced preliminary production figures for 2016. The decline in output of graphic grades in CEPI countries persists while production of packaging grades continues to rise.
Paper and board production in CEPI countries in 2016 virtually matched the previous year's figures, although consumption increased slightly by 1%. The Confederation of Paper Industries estimates that 91 million t of paper and board were produced last year. In comparison, global production came to 410 million t. Machine closures in Europe were compensated by new capacities or upgrading of existing ones, said CEPI.
The picture by sector maintains the situation witnessed in recent years with a continuation of the decline in the production of graphic grades and further growth in the output of packaging grades, according to CEPI. Production of graphic grades reportedly fell by around 3.7% while production of packaging grades is estimated to have increased by 2.3% in 2016.