Increase EU production paper and board for packaging in 2016
Paper and board production in Europe has decreased by 0.1% in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary CEPI figures published in February 2017. Total production in 2016 was around 91 million tonnes. The production of packaging grades is estimated to have increased by around 2.3% compared to 2015.
Within the packaging grades, case materials - mainly used for transport packaging and corrugated boxes - recorded an increase in production of 2.2%. The output of carton board plus other packaging board - such as small goods packaging or book covers - grew by 2.8%, and the production of wrapping grades - used for paper bags production - showed an increase of around 1.2%.
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