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The Annual Report of the Austrian Paper Industry for 2016/2017

June 13, 2017

2016 the third year in a row showing growth in production

With 5.2 million metric tons produced, 2006 is still the record year for the Austrian paper industry. 2016 is the third year in a row with a growth in production. The volume of paper grew by 0.6 percent to 5.0 million metric tons. The graphic sector increased by 0.3 percent to 2.7 million metric tons, the packaging sector by 1.1 percent to 1.9 million metric tons and specialty papers by 0.9 percent to 310,000 metric tons. Thus the utilized capacity of machinery rose to roughly 93 percent, even though paper consumption declined domestically. This is due to the industry’s far higher exports than domestic sales. The high export quota of paper to 87.1 percent adds to that. Strict cost management, product quality and customer service strengthen this position. The industry’s overseas exports are being aided by the currently somewhat weak Euro.

Regarding production, Austria’s paper industry fared better than the European average, which saw a decrease in volume by 0.1 percent. Thus it only reached roughly 91 million metric tons in Europe, a stark decrease to the 102 million metric tons of the record year 2007. Of these volumes, the sectors are made up of 50 percent graphic, 40 percent packaging and 10 percent specialty papers. The decline in graphic grades especially impacted the European wholesale trade, as its business is mainly with publication papers.

To read the entire report, click here [pdf, 4,855.0kb]. The English summary can be found on pages 22 – 24.