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European pulp and paper industry created 2,000 jobs in 2018

The paper industry produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and created 2,000 new jobs in 2018, according to CEPI.

European pulp and paper industry created 2,000 jobs in 2018

CEPI members produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and board, keeping the same level of production than in 2017, and benefiting from a healthy economic environment.

For the first time since 1990s, the sector opened 9 new mills and created 2,000 more jobs with a total increased turnover of +3%. While there continued to be an increased production in packaging, hygiene and speciality paper sectors, graphic paper was still declining following a reduction in demand.

Exports of paper and board products are growing, especially to North America, with 20.6 million tonnes in total, +1.1% compared to 2017 and imports are going up by 3.3%.

However, the 2018 recycling rate, i.e. proportion of the paper and board consumption that has been recycled, is slightly down from 72.4% to 71.6% due to trade flows, namely a significant export erosion of paper for recycling (-6.1%).

Jori Ringman, CEPI director general, said: “Our 2018 Key Statistic report demonstrates once again that our industry is fast-transforming, creating jobs and believing in its capacity to grow in Europe putting into practice a true circular bioeconomy model”.

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