Production of paper and cardboard worldwide 2007-2017

The global production volume of paper and cardboard in 2017 was nearly 420 million metric tons.

Global paper producing regions

China is the world’s largest paper producer by far, with a production volume of 116 million metric tons in 2017. The United States is second, producing 72 million metric tons in the same year. Japan distantly takes the third place. China’s paper production far outweighs all other paper producers, and as a whole, Asia dominates regional global paper production, with a 47 percent share. While the adoption of technology has reduced the global consumption of certain types of paper such as newsprint, the overall consumption, and therefore production, of paper is growing. For example, packaging paper and board production has steadily increased in the past decade, while graphic paper production has steadily declined in that time.

End uses of paper

When broken down by grade, corrugated material accounts for the largest share of paper produced worldwide, at nearly 40 percent. Printing and writing paper is the second most produced paper grade, accounting for approximately a quarter of the global production.

Production volume of paper and cardboard worldwide 2007 to 2017

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2007 to 2017

Supplementary notes

This statistic was assembled from several editions of the same report.
VDP stands for "Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken" (Association of German Paper Factories).

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