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Growth for paper and board production

Positive growth in Asia, Latin America, Oceania and the Middle East allowed global paper and board production to reach a new record level of 399 million metric tonnes in 2011, despite declining production in North America, Europe and Africa.

October 17, 2012  By  Andrew Macklin

These and other statistics were published today in the 2012 Annual Review of Global Pulp & Paper Statistics, by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.

“For the third year in a row, China took the top spot for both demand and production of total paper and board, with the US remaining in second place. China accounted for 24% of world demand and 25% of global production of total paper and board in 2011,” said Kevin Conley, Senior Economist of World Graphic Paper at RISI.

“In terms of pulp production, however, the United States remained the top pulp producing country in the world with 49.7 million metric tonnes in 2011. China came in second producing 19.5 million metric tonnes,” continued Conley.

The 2012 Annual Review of Pulp and Paper Statistics is published annually every September and details demand, production, trade, and consumption statistics by region and country for 175 individual countries. It provides a comprehensive dataset of all key grades of pulp, paper, packaging paper, tissue, and board for the past two consecutive years.


The 2012 Annual Review of Pulp & Paper Statistics includes:

       Data for 175 countries worldwide

       All key grades of pulp, paper, packaging paper and tissue

       Production, imports, exports and apparent consumption

       Production and Trade by Country

       Paper and Board Production by Region

       Top 30 Global Producers and Consumers

       Pulp Statistics by Region

       Recovered Paper by Region

For more information on the study, visit www.risi.com/annualreview

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