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Paper market 2016
In 2016 total deliveries of the German paper-industry summed up to 22,7 mio. tonnes and remained - like the total production of 22,6 mio tonnes - slightly below last years figures. The structural change in the industry went on. The ongoing reduction of the sales-volumes in graphical papers (-3,6 %) was balanced by growing sales in other segments. Deliveries of packaging papers rose by 1,8 %, hygiene paper increased by 3,2 % and technical and specialty grades gained 1,7 %. Capacity utilisation over all grades was 93 %.
The number of employees in the German pulp- and paper-industry decreased to 39.950 people because of several plant-closures in 2016. Announced new capacities of about 800.000 tonnes are promising a stabilisation in 2017.
(Source: VDP – German Paper Association)