Paper production in EuropeEurope is home to some of the world’s biggest paper producing countries and is currently responsible for roughly a quarter of global paper production. The 18 European countries that make up the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) produce roughly 90 million metric tons of paper and board each year. Of these CEPI members, Germany accounts for a quarter of paper and board production. This was followed by Finland and Sweden, whose production shares were approximately 11 percent each. These countries are also the leading paper exporters in Europe.
While the demand for graphic paper in Europe continues to decrease due to digitalization, one of the wood-based products that has been growing in demand in recent years is packaging. This growth has mainly been fueled by the online shopping boom. Between 2013 and 2019, packaging paper and board production in CEPI countries increased by roughly 15 percent to 48.6 million metric tons. Case materials accounted for the largest share of paper and board grades produced in Europe, at 36.9 percent, while other packaging papers made up 16 percent. Case materials are used mainly in the manufacture of corrugated board.