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The Annual Report of the Austrian Paper Industry 2011

May 31, 2012

Deepening Sustainable Development – the Year in Review

As with the rest of European developments in 2011, paper production decreased slightly while remaining at a high level. After the recession of 2009 and the dynamic but brief rebound of 2010, 2011 was for Austria a year characterized by growth, with national output rising by 2.9 percent and industrial production increasing by 8.0 percent. Although the paper business cycle normally correlates with the gross domestic product, production volume decreased marginally by 2.2 percent with graphic and packaging papers being equally affected.

This development had an impact on the utilization of production facilities, which in 2011 stood at 90 percent. Partial shutdowns of paper machinery had the expected negative effects on factories’ complex flows of material, energy and emissions.

In the face of generally sluggish demand, companies were able to compensate for rising costs, at least partially, through price increases so that throughout the year the average price remained relatively high at above the 700 EUR marker. The price for the preliminary product of pulp even reached an all-time high of over USD 1,000 (per tonne NBSK). Strong overseas demand led to 13.3 percent more exports by market pulp manufacturers. Due to increased revenues in paper and pulp, a 6.1 percent increase in total turnover led to a new high of 4.02 billion EUR, despite a slight decrease in paper volume. The outcome for individual companies was, however, that they mostly could not keep up with concurrently increasing costs of energy, wood, recovered paper, and other factors.

To read the entire summary, please click Austrian Paper Industry Summary 2011 [pdf, 1,985.7kb].