2014 CEPI Statistics: Growth in European paper & board industry flat in 2014 after decline between 2010 & 2013

paperinsight marketThe 2014 statistics for the paper and board industry have been published – as usual, the Confederation of the Paper Industry (CEPI) has done and excellent job in analysing and summarising the data.

In 2014 the production of paper and board for the countries covered by CEPI has been relatively stable (-0.2%), after a 4% cumulative decline between 2010 and 2013.

Please click here for the CEPI 2014 Statistics.

Today, Germany celebrates a 625 year history of papermaking

paperinsight paper companiesThis morning, I noticed an article in ipw magazine stating that on June 24th (today), the German paper industry (VDP = Association of German Paper-manufacturers) celebrates a 625 year history. Many paper manufacturers will open their doors to mark this special event.

Congratulations and what a great idea to open doors and share what the industry does and contributes.

For the detailed ipw article, please click here.

Congratulations to Tappi – a century of achievement

Tappi 100This week, Atlanta will host PaperCon 2015 and TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration – congratulations to the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.

In February 1915, thirty-five visionary industrialists met andformed the Technical Session of the American Paper and Pulp Association for the purpose of exchanging views and mutual knowledge and to advance the art of papermaking. By September, their number had swelled to 125. The group voted to become an autonomous body with a new name: the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry – TAPPI was born!

TAPPI’s growth and success were startling. Our members advanced the industry through knowledge sharing, creating thousands of technical articles, innovative research, definitive conferences and detailed courses. The people who generously shared their time and talent to build TAPPI – like those who sustain it today – come from every pulp, paper, packaging producer and supplier company from around the world.

Emissions drop at UK paper mills in 2014

Figures released by the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) confirm a continued fall in emissions from UK paper mills.

Official 2014 emissions data have just been released and the downward trend in emissions from the sector has continued—2014 emissions being 13.5% lower than those in 2013 and an impressive 42% lower than in 2008. While some of this reduction can be attributed to lower production, the great majority has been delivered by investment in new power generation and a continued focus on energy efficiency.

Allowing for changes in production levels, the figures show that the amount of EU ETS reported carbon dioxide emitted by UK paper mills (per tonne of production) has fallen by a third in just seven years—from 0.64 tonnes CO2 per tonne of product to 0.42 tonnes.

For the full Tappi article and discussion of the reasons for the emissions drop, please click here