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 

  • Rottneros: Vallvik Mill granted a new environmental permit

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Rottneros' subsidiary Vallviks Bruk AB has on January 12th been granted permission by the Land and Environment Court in Östersund to produce the requested 255,000 tons of sulphate pulp. It is a comprehensive permit under the Swedish Environmental Code, which is associated with a number of conditions, which are broadly in line with the company's previously stated position. / Rottneros
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  • Innventia at the forefront as CEPI names innovative products

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Five of Innventia’s demonstrators have been named among the most innovative products of the pulp and paper industry by CEPI. The demonstrators attracted significant attention as part of The Age of Fibre exhibition during European Paper Week in Brussels on 17-19 November. / Innventia
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  • Miljöpack responds Naturvårdsverket concerning the supervision of producer responsibility for packaging

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The trade and Industry group Miljöpack has submitted a response to the Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) regarding their mission on the enforcement of producer responsibility for packaging. / Innventia
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  • SCA sells its stake in AB Industrivärden

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA has sold its entire holding of 12,108,723 A-shares in AB Industrivärden representing 4.3% and 2.8% of votes and capital respectively. The shares were sold to Swedish institutions and investors, for a price of SEK169 per A-share. Following the transaction SCA does not own any shares in AB Industrivärden. / SCA
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  • Rottneros launches Opacity Extreme, with superior opacity and strength

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    After extensive development the Swedish pulp manufacturer Rottneros Group now launches its new, improved High Yield Pulp, Opacity Extreme, for thin packaging and printing paper, as well as special applications. In addition to an extremely high opacity the product, produced at the mill Rottneros Bruk, also has excellent strength properties and high purity. / Rottneros
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  • SCA intends to close down a paper machine at Ortviken paper mill and recognize an impairment loss for the mill

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA intends to close down a newsprint machine at Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall, Sweden, and recognize an impairment loss for the mill. Efficiency improvement measures will be implemented at the Obbola and Munksund kraftliner mills. The closure, impairment loss and efficiency improvement measures entail total costs of approximately SEK 1.4 billion and will result in annual cost savings of about SEK 180m, of which approximately SEK 120m in lower depreciation, with full impact in 2017. / SCA
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  • SCA divests its business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea for integration with Vinda

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, strengthens the cooperation with Vinda International Holdings Limited (“Vinda”) by integrating its business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea into Vinda. SCA is the majority shareholder in Vinda, one of China’s largest hygiene companies. / SCA
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  • SCA to acquire Wausau Paper Corp.

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Wausau Paper is one of the largest Away-from-Home tissue companies in North America. With approximately 900 employees, the company manufactures and markets Away-from-Home towel and tissue products along with soap and dispensing systems through its Artisan™, DublNature®, DublSoft® and EcoSoft® brands. / SCA
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  • Pulp and paper engineers from India visit Sweden

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    A high-level group from India visited Sweden, September 27-30, 2015, invited by Swedish Pulp & Paper Technology Group, PPT, in cooperation with Business Sweden’s office in New Delhi. The purpose of the visit was to present Swedish technology for mill managers and other important decision makers in India and to give a chance for the Swedish technology suppliers to identify new business opportunities on the Indian market.
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  • Invitation to SCA’s Q3 2015 press conference

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The press conference held in connection with the publication of SCA’s interim report for the third quarter of 2015 will also be available via webcast and it is possible to join by phone. The interim report will be published on October 29, 2015 at approximately 08:00 CET. The subsequent press conference will be held at 10:00 CET at SCA’s headquarters, Waterfront Building, Klarabergsviadukten 63, Stockholm, Sweden. / SCA At the press conference, President and CEO Magnus Groth will present and answer questions regarding the report.
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