Chinese paper industry with strong production and sales growth in 2021


The recovery of the Chinese economy as well as international trade provided a significant boost to the Chinese paper industry in 2021. The strongest growth both in production and consumption was seen in the packaging grades segment, and particularly for containerboard grades. The industry managed to compensate for the lack of recovered paper imports by increasing recovered paper collection volumes, and expanding recycled, woodpulp and non-woodpulp production capacities – so much so, that paper manufacturers were even in a position to decrease their imports of woodpulp.

According to the China Paper Association, more than 280 million t of pulp, paper, board and converted products were produced in China in 2021, up nearly 9.89 per cent from 2019....

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