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 

  • 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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  • 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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