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 

  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö to develop a new biodegradable flexible paper-based packaging material

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Ahlstrom-Munksjö has partnered with five companies to develop a new flexible paper-based packaging solution. The objective is to develop a renewable, biodegradable and recyclable flexible paper‐based packaging material, by replacing current materials by more sustainable ones, leading to a reduced amount of plastic films. There is a significant market potential, as the size of the flexible plastic packaging market for dry food applications is evaluated at around EUR 3.7 billion a year in Europe. / Ahlstrom-Munksjö
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  • Södra to offer renewable electricity through Guarantees of Origin to Europe

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Södra can now offer Guarantees of Origin (GoOs) for its renewable electricity. The GoOs are recognised by the EU, following the certification of Södra’s Mönsterås pulp mill according to EU standards. “We believe in renewable energy and want to give our customers the opportunity to take advantage of our renewable electricity,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Coordinator. / Södra
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  • Holmen is investing in increasing production at Braviken Sawmill

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Today Holmen has decided to invest SEK 170 million to increase the production of wood products at Braviken Sawmill. At the same time, a rail-based solution is being set up to transport raw material from Holmen’s own forest in northern Sweden to the industrial facilities in Norrköping. / Holmen
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  • Stora Enso named Most Innovative Supplier by Husqvarna

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The Husqvarna Group recently named Stora Enso its most innovative supplier. Stora Enso supplies corrugated packaging to Husqvarna and received the prestigious Innovation Award during its annual event for suppliers. Stora Enso’s achievements include producing Cone Box, a new, innovative packaging solution for Husqvarna’s chainsaws. / Stora Enso
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  • Södra is increasing production at the Mönsterås sawmill

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    From 1 March, the annual production volume of sawn timber at the Mönsterås sawmill will increase by 100,000 m³. This will require a third shift and approximately 30 new employees./ Södra
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  • New head of the Holmen Paper business area

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Lars Lundin has been appointed Senior Vice President Paper and will take up his new role no later than the first of december 2018. He succeeds Nils Ringborg, who will remain part of Group management as advisor to the CEO. / Holmen
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  • Kotkamills en route towards a plastic free world – one coffee cup at a time

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    ISLA® Duo cupstock is Kotkamills' solution to an ever-growing problem. It does not contain any plastics or waxes that are harmful for the environment or health. Easy recycling makes ISLA® Duo cups an integral part of the circular economy and makes sure that the valuable wood fibre can be reused. / Kotkamills
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  • Chinese tissue paper giant became a shareholder - Finnpulp starts basic engineering of the bioproduct mill

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Basic engineering of Finnpulp’s bioproduct mill has started. Company’s mill will be built on the site in Sorsasalo in Kuopio, for which the city plan was enforced earlier in January. Basic engineering for this world’s largest bioproduct mill that uses only softwood will last about one year. Engineering work now starting will form basis for the final investment decision by the company. This is due to the first half of next year. The decision also will mean construction works of the mill to start. / Punda
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  • EcoFishBox by Stora Enso won Quality Innovation Award

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    EcoFishBox by Stora Enso has won the 2017 Quality Innovation Award in the category ‘Responsible and Renewable Innovations’. The award was received on February 8th at the annual prize ceremony in Bilbao, Spain. The Quality Innovation Award is an annual, international competition that enables innovators to professionally assess and benchmark their innovations against industry peers. / Stora Enso
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  • Södra increases exports to China

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Demand for products from the Swedish forest is on the increase in China. In 2017, Södra increased sales of paper pulp by more than 50 percent. At the same time, Södra’s sales of sawn timber in the country have increased steadily since 2010. / Södra
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