The pulp and paper industry

Paper products are part of our daily life
Products made of paper are used for a variety of purposes in our everyday life. For mediation of information in newspapers and printed matters, as different forms of packaging, and for hygiene products, just to mention a few. The raw material is virgin fiber from the forest. In addition, a significant amount of recycled fiber from consumers is used as raw material. The production of newsprint in Europe is for example essentially based on recycled fiber. However, since the recycled fiber does not have the strength required for certain kinds of high quality paper and as it loses its paper making qualities after a certain number of re-uses, the use of virgin fiber is an integral part of the paper-making process. 

 

The Swedish pulp and paper industry is export intensive
The forest industry as a whole plays an important part in the Swedish economy. It is also heavily export oriented and makes a significant contribution to Sweden’s trade balance. Sweden is the world’s second largest exporter of pulp, paper and sawn wood products combined.  Of the pulp and paper production, close to 90 percent is exported. As for pulp production, around a quarter of the total consumption of pulp within the EU are manufactured in Sweden. 

 

The industry's raw material is renewable and recyclable
The activities of the forest industry are based on a renewable material, the growing forest. Provided that forests are managed sustainably, they are able to provide society with an infinite source of carbon-neutral raw material. This gives the industry unique opportunities in times when there is an interest from society to replace fossil-based products with renewable ones to in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. A lot of research to develop new products out of bio-based materials, such as wood from the forest, is on-going, and the Swedish forest industry has elaborated a vision to act as a driving force in the development of a so called bio-based economy up till 2035.

 

Read more …
Swedish Forest Industries Federation - facts and figures on Swedish pulp and paper industry

 

Swedish Statistical Yearbook of Forestry - with statistics on Swedish forest industry production
Confederation of European Paper Industries - facts and figures on the European pulp and paper industry 

  • AFRY releases its latest World Paper Markets edition with outlooks to 2035

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The world paper industry is currently facing far-reaching structural changes due to the digitalisation of society and business, the globalisation of industries and the consequent redistribution of wealth. The pandemic has pushed the global paper market onto a new trajectory with significant long-term implications. World demand for paper and board is forecast to grow by 1.1%/a in the long-term, from 410 million tonnes in 2019 to 488 million tonnes by 2035. / AFRY
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  • BillerudKorsnäs recognized for leadership in climate action

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    BillerudKorsnäs’ contribution to the low-carbon economy and actions to cut emissions have been recognized by the global environmental non-profit CDP, when BillerudKorsnäs today secured a place on the prestigious ‘A List’ for tackling climate change. / BillerudKorsnäs
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  • SCA changes Paper to Containerboard

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA is changing the name of its business area Paper to business area Containerboard as of January 1, 2021. Following the discontinuation of its publication paper operations during the first quarter, SCA’s paper production will consist solely of packaging paper, a product with a stable and growing demand. / SCA
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  • SCA establishes the Group’s sustainability targets

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Sustainability is integrated in every part of SCA’s operations. In order to make long term priorities and to ensure sustainable development, SCA has established corporate objectives to be met by 2030. / SCA
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  • Unique home-compostable paper laminate for flexible packaging

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    BASF and the Swedish packaging material manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs have developed a unique home-compostable paper laminate for flexible packaging. It can be used to produce wraps with individually adjusted barrier properties e.g. for cookies, ice cream, cereal bars and dairy items as well as wrappers for fish, meat and cheese freshly sold in supermarkets. And it is a solution that meets today’s requirement for sustainability by being organically recyclable. / BillerudKorsnäs
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  • New corrugated berry packaging complements premium strawberries with top quality print

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Corrugated board is traditionally used for packaging to protect berries and fruit throughout the production chain. However, the added value it can give to sales recognition and branding goes even further. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, and DS Smith have implemented a modern and top-quality berry box together with their partner network. The packaging is printed using process colour and Full HD technology, which has reduced ink consumption while enabling exceptionally high image quality and bright colours. / Metsä Group
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  • BillerudKorsnäs solution for E-Commerce mailers - the conscientious alternative for consumers and online retailers

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    E-Commerce mailer bags made from BillerudKorsnäs’ Xpression E-com paper have 50 percent lower fossil emissions than virgin plastic mailer bags and using this leads to the removal of biogenic carbon from the atmosphere. This is proven by a new independent study that compares the environmental impact of different types of e-commerce packaging. / BillerudKorsnäs
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  • Rottneros Packaging’s sustainable food trays are now available in stores

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    “Rottneros' moulded and recyclable fiber trays for chilled ready meals with long shelf life, are now available in stores in Sweden and other countries in Europe. This is the result of extensive development in line with the European Commission's strategy, to remove disposable plastic packaging from the market." / Rottneros
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  • OnceMore® hits new milestone: 20% recycled content

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Södra has successfully added 20% used textiles to its OnceMore® dissolving pulp. The achievement is a significant step towards more sustainable solutions for the fashion industry. / Södra
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  • Södra delivers stable result in current market condition

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The current market conditions had a significant impact on Södra’s operating profit in the third quarter. Despite higher year-on-year delivery volumes for Södra’s core products, the price formation for market pulp was weaker. For the third quarter, Södra’s sales amounted to SEK 4,925 million (5,391) and operating profit to SEK 93 million (512). For the first nine months of the year, operating profit totalled SEK 541 million (2,520). Return on capital employed was 3 percent (16) and the equity ratio was 57 percent. / Södra
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