Corona pandemic is speeding up the structural changes in the French pulp and paper industry. Fine and publication paper manufacturers severly hit.
France is not only one of the European countries hardest hit by the current coronavirus pandemic. The current crisis is actually intensifying the structural change in the country's pulp and paper industry that has been playing out there over the past 12 years.
Printing and writing paper manufacturers are especially severely affected by actions taken to stem the spread of Covid-19, having lost extensive and numerous printing orders. A great deal suggests that graphic paper consumption will be much lower once coronavirus measures have ended.
The packaging paper market might also be fundamentally different in the early days after the coronavirus pandemic ends, although it remains unclear whether factors boosting or trimming consumption will have the upper hand.
This article is part of our coverage on coronavirus and its impact on pulp and paper industry in Europe. The full article on the Covid-19 impact on French industry will be publilshed in EUWID Pulp and Paper no 20/2020 on 13 May.
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