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Global Paper, Board Production Slows but Still Hits New Record Levels in 2012



Published October 11, 2013
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Despite the continued decline in North America and Europe, global paper and board production still managed to advance at a 0.2% pace to reach a new record level of 400 million tons in 2012. Positive growth in tissue and packaging grades continued to offset the retreat in global graphic paper production. These and other statistics were published today in the 2013 Annual Review of Global Pulp & Paper Statistics, by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.

"For the past four years, China has maintained the top spot for both demand and production of total paper and board, with the US remaining in second place. China accounted for 25% of world demand and 26% of global production of total paper and board in 2012," said Kevin Conley, senior economist of world graphic paper at RISI.

"In terms of pulp production, the U.S. remained the top producing country in the world with 50.4 million tons in 2012. China came in second producing 18.2 million tons," added Conley.

The 2013 Annual Review of Pulp and Paper Statistics is published annually every September and details demand, production, trade, and consumption statistics by region and country for 175 individual countries. It provides a comprehensive dataset of all key grades of pulp, paper, packaging paper, tissue, and board for the past two consecutive years.

The 2013 Annual Review of Pulp & Paper Statistics includes:
• Data for 175 countries worldwide.
• All key grades of pulp, paper, paperboard, packaging paper and tissue.
• Production, Imports, Exports and Apparent Consumption by Country and Region.
• Summary of Paper and Board Production by Region.
• Top 30 Global Producing and Consuming Countries.
• Pulp Statistics by Country and Region.
• Recovered Paper Statistics by Country and Region.


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