In January-September 2013, Finnish forest industry production volumes increased except in the graphic paper segment. “Despite the growth in production volumes, the Finnish forest industry’s competitiveness continues to suffer due to, for example, its high cost structure. The situation in the printing and writing paper segment continues to be especially difficult due to overcapacity across the European paper sector,” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.
In January-August, forest industry exports increased by almost 2 per cent compared to the year ago period. The growth in exports is mostly due to increased exports of pulp, paperboard and wood products.
Following headlines and further analysis can be read from the web pages of the Finnish Forest industries.
- The paper industry’s situation continued to be difficult, pulp and paperboard production increased
- Stabilisation in the sawmill and plywood industry
- Wood trade lively, high raw material costs weaken companies’ competitiveness
- The forest industry’s cost burden must be reduced
Last updated: 18.11.2013