Global Paper and Board Production at Record Levels

Global Paper and Board Production at Record Levels

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. 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.

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"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

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Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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