Paper and Board Production

Estimated production of papers and boards had increased by 2.6% at the end of the first quarter of 2019 compared to 2018. An additional 25,000 tonnes were made, increased in particular by new and restored capacity for parent reels in the Tissue sector:-

Sector 2018 2019 % change
  (‘000 tonnes) (‘000 tonnes)  
Packaging 468.0 470.9 +0.6
  of which CCM 368.6 368.2 -0.1
Parent Reels of Tissue 175.5 192.1 +9.5
Graphics incl. Newsprint 231.8 239.1 +3.1
Speciality 72.9 71.1 -2.5
TOTAL 948.2 973.2 +2.6

Recovered Paper

Mill consumption of recovered papers grew marginally during the first three months of 2019 compared to 2018, rising from 769,000 tonnes to 782,000 tonnes (+1.7%).  Whilst Woodfree grades were stable, Other grades, including Newspaper and Magazines, grew by 5.5% to 277,000 tonnes.  For the packaging grades there is good evidence of substitution, with Mixed Papers increasing by 37% or +34,000 tonnes and Old Corrugated Containers declining by a like amount (-11.5% to 265,000 tonnes).  With trade data for March not yet available, collections of recovered paper at the end of February had increased by 4.3% to just short of 1.3 million tonnes, boosted by the increased domestic demand noted and rising exports rising of 802,000 tonnes (+7.4%).

CEPI Deliveries Report

CEPI’s recently issued Deliveries report for Quarter 4 2018 indicates that European consumption declined slightly during 2018, falling by just 0.1% compared to 2017 to 79.53 million tonnes.  Whilst demand for packaging continued to rise, growing by 2.2%, demand for graphics papers fell back further, declining by a further 4.1% to 25.8 million tonnes.  The UK remains the third largest market for papers and boards in Europe behind Germany and Italy, and accounting for 11% of European consumption.  These and further details can be found in the full CEPI report, available to members on the CPI website.

Corrugated Production

Production of corrugated board by CPI members increased by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 2018, just exceeding 1 million ksm at an effective weekly production of 79,741 ksm.  Sheet-feeding increased by 0.6% to 277,000 ksm and an effective weekly production of 21,954 ksm for the same period.  Average paper used declined further, falling to an average of 453 gsm for total board production and 490 gsm for sheet-feeding.

For further information contact Nick Langdon on 01793 889630 or email