According to the latest statistics published by CEPI, the paper and board production of CEPI member countries recorded a 16.5% decrease compared to the first quarter of 2022. These decreases affected all of the paper and board grades, to varying degrees. The sharpest decline was once again recorded by the graphic grades segment (-28.9%), with coated woodfree being the most impacted with a 37.5% drop over the period. Packaging showed a more moderate decline, of -14.4%, and sanitary and household recorded almost stable prices at -0.2%.
With 1.5 million tonnes produced compared to 1.9 in the first quarter of 2022, paper and board production in France fell even more sharply, by 20.9% in the first quarter, with a sharp decline in the production of graphic grades, 40.9%. Paper products, which are highly dependent on economic activity, were hit hard by the deterioration of the economy, combined with a strong destocking phenomenon.
You can find all of the European and French production of paper and board statistics in the March 2023 Index section of our website.
Published on 18/05/2023