Perhaps it is fair to say that an overlooked section of our industry is paper and packaging. It is used daily and is a mainstay of all aspects of life but it is taken for granted and few reports outer that specific industry journals focus on it. Well we are about to address the oversight now.
2015 saw solid rates of production and increased consumption compared to 2014 producing over 90million tonnes of paper and board. An interesting fact is that exports were higher than home consumption.
In fact the sector was so successful that in global terms European paper production rated second in the world to China.
A breakdown of the figures reveals that the packing sector increased its output while graphic paper, used for newsprint especially, was in less demand compared to 2014 which in a digital age is unsurprising.
All in all a healthy set of figures.