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 

  • Södra breaks ground for Mörrum expansion

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    On Tuesday, the ground was officially broken for the new evaporator and brown stock washing system at Södra’s pulp mill at Mörrum. The investment decision was made in February 2016 and will have several positive effects. / Södra
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  • Governing sustainability targets at Södra

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    By 2030, Södra will be completely free of fossil fuels, members’ forests will continue to grow at the same rate as in recent decades and there will be zero tolerance for workplace injuries. These sustainability targets will now acquire the same status as the Group’s financial targets, Södra’s Board recently announced. / Södra forest industry Group
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  • SCA continues to improve efficiency of tissue production in Europe

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    To further improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness of its tissue operations, SCA has decided to implement restructuring measures at its production plants in Hondouville and Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. The restructuring measures are aligned with the company’s strategy to improve production efficiency in order to drive cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Tissue business area. / SCA
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  • Clarification regarding capital structure and allocation of debt

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    As communicated earlier today, the SCA Board of Directors plans to initiate work in order to propose to the Annual General Meeting 2017 to decide on a split of the Group into two listed companies in order to create further value for the shareholders. / SCA
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  • Ulf Larsson appointed Executive Vice President of SCA

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Effective immediately, SCA’s Board of Directors has appointed Ulf Larsson, current President of SCA Forest Products and a member of the Executive Management Team, Executive Vice President of SCA. This is in addition to his current assignments. / SCA
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  • SCA integrates its business in the Middle East, India and Africa into Consumer Goods

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA will integrate its Business Unit MEIA (Middle East, India and Africa) into Business Unit Consumer Goods to leverage our scale and capabilities and to further increase efficiency. Combining these organizations will help to capture synergies and facilitate best practice sharing within the consumer business. / SCA
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  • SCA to close tissue production plant in Spain

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA will close its tissue production plant in Sant Joan de Mediona, Spain. The decision is aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize its geographic production footprint in order to drive cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in Tissue. SCA remains fully committed to the Spanish market, which is the Group’s sixth largest market based on sales in 2015. / SCA
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  • Decision by Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    As SCA communicated in May 2015, the company is one of several businesses active on the Spanish incontinence care market that is part of an investigation by the Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition, CNMC. The CNMC has now reached its conclusion and has fined a number of companies, one of which is SCA. The fine imposed on SCA amounts to approximately SEK 325m for alleged improper market conduct between 1996 and 2014. / SCA
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  • SCA appoints new President for Global Hygiene Category

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA has appointed Georg Schmundt-Thomas as its new President of Global Hygiene Category. He will have global responsibility for SCA’s customer and consumer brands and innovation in the hygiene area. Georg Schmundt-Thomas will be a member of the Executive Management Team and report to President and CEO Magnus Groth. He will assume his position on August 1, 2016. / SCA
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  • Arcwise® launched for the beverage industry

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Together with Vasa Brewery, SCA has designed and launched a unique “hockey rink” tray for 50 cl beverage bottles. Arcwise® is the SCA-developed corrugated packaging concept with rounded shapes. / SCA
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