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 

  • 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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  • SCA and the UN Foundation Convene Fourth Annual Dialogue on the United Nation’s Global Agenda

    Etiketter: Environment, The pulp and paper industry
    - SCA President and CEO Magnus Groth to address the power of public-private partnerships in achieving the Global Agenda and advancing hygiene awareness and standards globally. / SCA
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  • Forest industry’s structural change continues

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Forest industry investments will increase the export of pulp and paperboard this and next year. However, the average export prices will decline. The diminution of the production and export of paper in Finland will continue strong. High demand in China maintains a positive outlook for the export of sawn timber. Demand is growing also because of activation of the construction industry in Finland and in Europe. / PTT
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  • SCA joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 program

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, has joined the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), an Ellen MacArthur Foundation program established to enable organizations to develop new circular opportunities. The transition to a circular economy – powered by renewable energy and in which resources and energy are used as effectively as possible – is the core of any low-carbon society. The CE100 membership will help accelerate SCA’s circular economy ambitions and further enhance SCA’s ability to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, and Goal 13: Climate Change. / SCA
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  • Delegation from South East Asia visiting Sweden

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Delegation from SE Asia on top of the recovery boiler at Stora Enso, Skoghall, Oct 5, 2016[2].JPG
    At the beginning of October 2016 a delegation from the pulp & paper industry in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia visited Sweden, invited by Swedish Pulp & Paper Technology Group, PPT. The purpose of the visit was to present Swedish technology for important decision makers and to give an opportunity for the Swedish suppliers of technology to develop their business in South East Asia. / PPT
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  • SCA closes baby diaper business in Mexico

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    As part of SCA’s work with addressing weak market positions that have inadequate profitability, the Group has decided to close its baby diaper business in Mexico. / SCA
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  • Södra’s pulp mill in Värö now among the largest in the world

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The equipment is in place and production has now commenced. Södra’s new pulp mill in Värö was officially inaugurated on Friday 30 September. "We are delighted to announce that production is under way. Our focus in the immediate future will be on ramping up the production rate," said Gunilla Saltin, Business Area President of Södra Cell. / Södra
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