Closures and rebuilding projects trimming surplus capacity in the woodfree paper market

08 Jun 2021 − 

Future trend in paper consumption will be key to market balance

European woodfree printing and writing paper output capacity is moving closer in line with demand as a result of VPK Group's recent announcement that it will acquire the Double A Alizay paper mill in France and convert it to make corrugated case material.  This step will remove approximately 300,000 tpy of woodfree uncoated paper capacity from the market. The woodfree uncoated paper segment had still encountered surplus capacity in recent months – although its scale is being cut dramatically by the closures at Stora Enso Veitsiluoto and now in Alizay. That being said, the capacity cutbacks for uncoated paper will hardly trickle down in full to the market before the end of this year.

This article is an excerpt from our article on capacity closures and paper machine rebuilds in the European market for woodfree coated and uncoated paper. It will be available to our subscribers in our next issue of EUWID Pulp and Paper which will be published on Wednesday 9 June 2021.

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