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.

 

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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 

  • Holmen receives global sustainability award

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Holmen has won the Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability 2017. The annual award recognises companies for their outstanding sustainability work. This is the first time a Swedish company has won in the sustainability category. / Holmen
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  • Changes to the forest products company SCA’s Executive Management

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    As a final step in the split of the SCA Group into two listed companies, the Board has today – in connection with Magnus Groth being relieved of his duties as President and CEO – appointed Ulf Larsson as President and CEO of SCA. Magnus Groth has been appointed President and CEO of Essity Aktiebolag (publ), which has today been admitted for trading on Nasdaq Stockholm. / SCA
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  • Stora Enso EcoFishBox won Gold Sustainability Award

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The world's best packaging for 2017 has been selected: Stora Enso EcoFishBox, won the World Packaging Organization's WPO Sustainability Award. The package was also awarded the WorldStar Award. / Stora Enso
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  • Changed financial targets for the hygiene business

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The financial targets for the hygiene business have been updated in conjunction with the split of the SCA Group into two listed companies; the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity. / SCA
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  • SCA to become two listed companies: the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Today, at the Annual General Meeting of SCA, the company’s shareholders voted in favor of the Board of Director’s proposal to split the Group into two listed companies. One of these will continue to operate as SCA, an efficient and well-invested forest products company that will include the forest products operations and all forest land currently owned by the Group. SCA’s hygiene business, including the current business areas of Personal Care (including the recently acquired BSN medical) and Tissue will become a leading global hygiene and health company operating under the name Essity. / SCA
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  • Stora Enso’s Langerbrugge mill reached a milestone of 5 million tonnes of newsprint paper produced

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    On 5 April 2017, less than 14 years after the start-up of the newsprint paper machine at Stora Enso Langerbrugge, the mill reached a milestone of 5 million tonnes of newsprint produced. The Giant of Ghent in Belgium is one of the most efficient newsprint machines in the world. / Stora Enso
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  • SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical now closed

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical, a leading medical solutions company, has been closed. The company develops, manufactures, markets and sells products within wound care, compression therapy and orthopedics. The purchase price for the shares amounts to EUR 1,400m and takeover of net debt to approximately EUR 1,340m1). SCA consolidates BSN medical as of April 3, 2017. / SCA
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  • Information brochure to SCA’s shareholders regarding the proposed distribution of SCA Hygiene AB

    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 for the hygiene business and one for the forest products business. On February 23, 2017 SCA’s Board of Directors decided, in addition to a proposed cash dividend of SEK 6.00 per share, to propose to the Annual General Meeting on April 5, 2017 to decide on the distribution of all shares in the wholly owned subsidiary SCA Hygiene AB to shareholders of SCA. Additional information to SCA’s shareholders regarding the proposed distribution of shares in SCA Hygiene AB has today been published in the form of an information brochure on the company’s website www.sca.com and will shortly be distributed to all shareholders. / SCA
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  • SCA invests to further strengthen operations

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    To further strengthen competitiveness and enable future growth in the tissue operations in Mexico, SCA has decided to invest about USD 105m (approx. SEK 950m) in one of the company’s facilities in the country. To strengthen its baby diaper product offering in Europe, SCA has also decided to invest about EUR 40m (approx. SEK 380m) in facilities in Europe. / SCA
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  • 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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