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 

  • Proposed distribution of SCA’s hygiene business

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    In August 2016, SCA announced that the company would initiate work in order to be able to propose to the 2017 Annual General Meeting to decide on a split of the SCA Group into two listed companies; one to operate the hygiene business and one to operate the forest products business. / SCA
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  • Munksjö launches Gerstar Mo, a barrier paper to prevent mineral oil migration into food

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced papers products, launches Gerstar [TM] Mo, a specialty paper developed for packaging applications to protect food from potential contamination by mineral oils. This barrier paper will enable converters and brand owners to develop sustainable packaging made of renewable materials offering maximum consumer food safety. / Munksjö
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  • Profitability target of 12% reached, record high full-year results and cash flow

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    I am proud of our team and what we have achieved in 2016. We reached our ambitious target, set in 2013, of an EBITDA margin of 12 per cent, says Munksjö’s President and CEO, Jan Åström. / Munksjö
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  • Nomination committee’s recommendation for Board of Directors ahead of the 2017 Annual General Meeting

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Holmen’s nomination committee proposes to the AGM the re-election of the current Board members: Fredrik Lundberg (who is also proposed for re-election as chairman of the Board), Carl Bennet, Lars Josefsson, Lars G Josefsson, Carl Kempe, Louise Lindh, Ulf Lundahl, Henrik Sjölund and Henriette Zeuchner. / Holmen
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  • SCA strengthens its tissue business in the UK

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    To meet the growing demand for high-quality tissue and strengthen the product offering in the UK, SCA is investing in a through-air drying (TAD) machine at its tissue plant in Skelmersdale. SCA has also decided to close an older tissue machine in Stubbins and signed an agreement to divest its tissue plant in Chesterfield to Sidcot Group Limited. These measures are part of SCA´s Tissue Roadmap and are aligned with the company’s strategy to streamline production and secure capacity for future growth to increase value creation in the Tissue business area. Both initiatives are subject to customary consultation with employee representatives. / SCA
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  • Munksjö study shows compostability of silicone coated paper release liner

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced papers products, and a leading suppliers of release papers for the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) industry, has announced today the completion of an earlier laboratory study, revealing that the typical carrier of PSA labels - silicone coated glassine paper - meets compostability, in addition to biodegradability requirements. / Munksjö
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  • SCA to discontinue its hygiene business in India

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA has decided to discontinue its hygiene business in India. Four years after entering the Indian market, our conclusion is that profitability cannot be achieved within a reasonable timeframe. SCA prioritizes growth in selected emerging markets such as China, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia, where the company already holds strong market positions. Emerging markets accounted for 32% of SCA’s net sales in 2015. / SCA
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  • A Christmas card with 44,000 variations

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Christmas card from Iggesund Paperboard
    Iggesund Paperboard’s tradition of producing sophisticated Christmas cards continues. One says every single snowflake is unique and so will the Christmas card 2016 also be. This year Iggesund has created a snowflake that can be folded in many thousands of possible variations, from crystal white to winter blue colours. / Iggesund Paperboard
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  • Successful condition monitoring of the recovery boiler lead to a new project

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Innventia has together with Stora Enso Skutskär been working on a development project the aim of which was to create and test a model-based condition monitoring tool for a recovery boiler at Skutskär Pulp Mill. Successful results have led to a new project, CritMon. / Innventia
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  • SCA and Fotografiska in collaboration with hygiene in focus

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA and Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography) in Stockholm have signed a partnership agreement aimed at highlighting how hygiene and health affect people’s well-being. The collaboration is aligned with SCA’s focus on hygiene, health, well-being and its commitment to sustainability, as well as with Fotografiska’s “Fotografiska for Life”. / SCA
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