Key Issues

Learn about key issues that affect the UK’s Paper-based Industries including energy, forestry, recycling, packaging, and the environment.

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Discover a world of paper and cardboard with PaperWorks, the Paper Industry’s award winning school resource.

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Paper Myths & Facts

Environmental issues related to paper and cardboard are a source of numerous myths and misconceptions. Learn the facts.

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Industry Information

CPI provides a range of information including reports, annual reviews, industry statistics, fact sheets, position papers and much more.

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An Introduction to Paper

What is Paper?

Paper is an amazing and incredibly versatile substance made from naturally occurring plant fibres called cellulose. Originally derived from cloth rags and grasses, paper is now mostly made with wood fibres, much of which comes from recycled paper.

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The History of Paper

The name ‘paper’ comes from the Latin papyrus which was made from a grass-like plant, sliced into layers and then beaten into sheets. This is why many people think that the first paper was made by the Egyptians.  In fact it wasn't!  Read on to find out more.

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How is Paper Made?

Paper pulp is made from trees, though it can also be made from bamboo, cotton, hemp, jute, and a wide range of other plant materials. From the wet end of the machine to the dry end, our diagram details the papermaking process and illustrates the extensive use of recovered paper.

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Latest News

The Economic Viability of Decarbonisation by Electrifying Heat

June 10, 2024

CPI is pleased to sponsor new research by independent experts Cornwall Insight that further considers the operational economics of switching from gas to electricity to generate industrial heat in UK paper mills.Read More

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CPI Biennial Health and Safety Conference

We are pleased to announce the date for the next CPI Biennial Health and Safety conference.

Pre-event BBQ: Monday 1st July 2024, evening

Conference: Tuesday 2nd July 2024  

We will be returning to a newly refurbished Chesford Grange Hotel.

Further information will be sent to members in due course, but in the meantime, make a note of the date in your diary.

We are the Confederation of Paper Industries

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is the leading organisation working on behalf of the UK’s Paper-based Industries.

CPI represents the supply chain for paper, comprising paper and board manufacturers and converters, corrugated packaging producers, makers of soft tissue papers and collectors of paper for recycling.

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