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Facts and Figures - Paper / Packaging

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Get a brief overview of the Austrian paper and packaging industries with these facts and figures.
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  • 88.8%

    export quota

    The export quota of the Austrian paper industry was 88.8% in 2021.

  • 90%

    recycling quota

    The recycling quota of packaging made of paper, cardboard and corrugated board was 90% in 2020. 

  • 27,900

    employees

    On a yearly average (2017), 27,900 people were employed in plastics processing companies.

  • 429,219

    tons of packaging glass

    The annual production of packaging glass was more than 429,200 tons in 2018.

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Paper

Source: Austropapier. Annual report 2021/2022
Austrian paper industry – key data 2021
Companies23
Staffapprox. 7,600
Production (paper & cardboard)5,100,000 metric tons
Export quota88.8 %
Source: PROPAK Products of Paper & Cardboard, Annual report 2020/2021
Austrian paper and board converting industry – key data 2020
Companies85
Staffapprox. 8,700
Production value (in Euro)approx. 2.36 billion
Export quota78.2 %
Source: PROPAK Products of Paper & Cardboard, Annual report 2020/2021. *) Total exports of the 3 positions: EUR 1,130 million
Austrian paper and board converting industry - production and exports by product group 2020
Product group Production
in EUR million
 
 Share on total
production in %
 
Export
in EUR million
Folding boxes, solid fibre board 425 18,0 333
Corrugated cardboard, corrugated packaging 592 25,1 332
Flexible packaging 151 6,4 50
Hygienic paper products 220 9,3 *
Office products 131 5,6 *
Other paper products 841 35,6 *
Total 2.360 100 1.845
Source: Trend Top 500
The 10 largest companies of the paper industry in Austria by net turnover in million euro (2020)
1. Mondi Group 6.663,00
2. Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG 2.528,40
3. Prinzhorn Holding GmbH 1.900,00
4. delfortgroup AG 883,45
5. Sappi Austria Produktions GmbH & Co KG 564,08
6. Zellstoff Pöls AG 290,81
7. SIG Combibloc GmbH & Co KG 289,00
8. Laakirchen Papier AG (heinzel-paper) 259,60
9. Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorfer AG % Co KG
(vormals: Nettingsdorfer Papierfabrik AG & Co KG)
255,00
10. UPM-Kymmene Austria GmbH (vormals Steyrermühl AG) 250,00


Packaging

Source: PROPAK Products of Paper & Cardboard, ÖIV 2017 
Material Share on total production in %, 2016
Paper, card, cardboard 35.2 %
Glass 21.2 %
Plastics 21.2 %
Wood 17.5 %
Metal 4.9 %
Source: Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry; Statistics Austria
Plastics (2017)
Companies (plastics processing industry) 559
Staff 27,900
Share of packaging on the total production of the plastics processing industry 16 %
Source: Association of the Austrian Glass Industry, Annual report 2020
Glass (2020)
Companies approx. 50
Staff 7,200
Production value EUR 1,035 million
Packaging glass production (in metric tons) 429.219
Total selective glass collection for recycling (in metric tons) 270.000
Recycling rate 85 %


Last update : 2022-09-12