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Paper and board production by CEPI member countries fell slightly, by around 0.2% in 2014 according to preliminary figures. The total production in 2014 was around 91 million tonnes, 10% below the pre-financial crisis level.
Mill and machine closures in the EU-28 in 2014 amounted to 0.9 million tonnes whilst new capacities or upgrading of existing ones reached 0.5 million tonnes.
It is estimated that the production of pulp (integrated + market) has decreased by around 4.3% when compared to the previous year, with total output of approximately 36 million tonnes. Output of market pulp decreased by around 3.7%.
It is estimated that the utilisation of paper for recycling by CEPI members was unchanged when compared to 2013 at 47.5 million tonnes.
As in recent years, the fall of the graphic paper sector demand was offset by the more positive development in the packaging paper and board sector.
Based on the cumulative data up to the end of the third quarter of 2014 it is expected that total paper and board deliveries for the year will have fallen by between 0.5% and 1.0% when compared to 2013.
It appears that the overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries in 2014 increased by between 0.5% and 1.0% when compared to 2013, based on the latest data available.