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Austrian Paper/Board Manufacturers Increased Production and Sales in 2018

June 25, 2019

Sustainability is a main focus of the industry

Vienna (APA) - Austrian trade association PROPAK continued to expand production in 2018. Exports remain the cornerstone of the domestic carton and packaging industry. The number of employees also increased slightly. The industry particularly emphasizes the sustainability of its production.  

In 2018, 1.2 million tons of paper and board were refined and processed into various products, especially packaging - an increase of 3.3 percent. PROPAK also reports an increase in turnover of 3.6 percent to 2.4 billion Euros. Roughly three quarters of production is exported (74 percent), making exports by far the most important support for the industrial sector. Jobs increased by almost 1 percent to 9,185. According to PROPAK chairman Georg Dieter Fischer, "Every Euro of PROPAK value added generates a total of 2.76 Euros total value added, every PROPAK workplace represents 3.57 employment relationships in Austria's economy.”

At 49 percent of total production value, packaging constitutes the largest group of finished products. Other product groups include, for example, paper products for hygiene and household use, office supplies, and other products such as labels, books and playing cards.

Renewable, biodegradable raw materials and recycled materials are used in production. The  packaging’s sustainability is a decisive factor for many customers when purchasing a product, says deputy chairman Andreas Blaschke, who refers to a consumer survey conducted by Pro Carton 2018. The recently published sustainability charter of the association documents its "commitment to the environment, employees and location. The PROPAK industry is sustainability times three,” said Chairman Fischer. One of the major challenges for 2019 is the forecast of an economic downturn, which would have a direct impact on packaging manufacturers in particular.