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 

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    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    To ensure the continued smooth development of the new Consumer Boards business unit, we are pleased to announce that Pirjo Eteläinen has been appointed Director, Consumer Boards. She takes responsibility for the operating result of the business unit and will continue to develop the sales and support network ready for the launch of the new board machine at the end of June this year. In addition, David Ingham has been appointed Global Sales Director, Consumer Boards, and will take responsibility for the sales organisation and sales overall.
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  • SCA’s divestment of its business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea for integration with Vinda is closing

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA’s divestment of its business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea for integration with Vinda International Holdings Limited (“Vinda”) is expected to close as of today, April 1. SCA is the majority shareholder in Vinda, one of China’s largest hygiene companies. / SCA
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  • New President and CEO of Rottneros AB appointed

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The Board of Rottneros AB has appointed Lennart Eberleh new President and CEO of Rottneros AB. Lennart Eberleh most recently comes from BillerudKorsnäs where he is head of the business area Corrugated Solutions, one of BillerudKorsnäs' three business areas. / Rottneros
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  • Holmen to divest its newsprint mill in Spain

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Holmen has signed an agreement to sell its newsprint mill in Madrid, Spain, including energy and recycled paper operations. The buyer, International Paper, will convert the mill into containerboard production. / Holmen
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  • Arcwise® – round corrugated board packaging offers unique design

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Arcwise® – round corrugated board packaging
    SCA has developed a new and revolutionary technique for producing round corrugated board packaging. It offers totally new design possibilities while reducing packaging weight by 30%, thereby also improving environmental performance. Arcwise® can be deployed in standard corrugated board production facilities. / SCA
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  • Invitation to Stora Enso press meeting on 17 February 2016

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    In relation to publishing its Annual Report, Stora Enso will present the Sustainability Report 2015 on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 9:30–10:30 CET. In conjunction with this, Stora Enso will comment on a recent study on child labor commissioned by its joint venture partner Bulleh Shah Packaging in Pakistan. / Stora Enso
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  • Precision embossing

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Precision embossing by Iggesund Paperboard
    When a book of paper samples arrives in the post, the recipient is often most interested in the samples themselves. When Iggesund Paperboard begins to distribute its new swatch book of Invercote G, Invercote Creato and Invercote Duo this winter, recipients have good reason to study the embossings which heighten the effect of the book’s photos. / Iggesund Paperboard
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  • Wausau Paper Corp. Shareholders Approve the Sale of Wausau

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: SCA) a leading global hygiene and forest products company, announced today that the shareholders of Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE: WPP), a North American Away-from-Home tissue company, have approved the acquisition by SCA. The transaction is scheduled to occur on Thursday, January 21, 2016 for total consideration of USD 513 million in cash. / SCA
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  • Sustainability and the printing industry

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Economic concerns, technological threat and uncertain futures have contributed to a crisis of confidence in print. Throw in rapidly changing market expectations and media choices, and you have an industry that’s been on the back foot for several years. But a reversal is underway. Print is reinventing itself to be more vibrant than ever, an energetic force in a multichannel communications world. Laurel Brunner reports. / Packaging South Asia
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  • SCA’s divestment of its business in Asia

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA’s divestment of its business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea for integration with Vinda International Holdings Limited (“Vinda”) has been approved by the independent shareholders of Vinda. The transaction is expected to close on February 1, 2016. SCA is the majority shareholder in Vinda, one of China’s largest hygiene companies. / SCA
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