In February 2017, Stora Enso announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 8 (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill are still ongoing, but PM8 was permanently shut down yesterday. PM8 had an annual capacity of 100 000 tonnes of super-calendered uncoated magazine paper (SC). The closure of PM8 at Kvarnsveden Mill will not impact Stora Enso’s SC paper offering. In Europe, Stora Enso continues to produce SC paper at Kvarnsveden Mill PM12 as well at Maxau Mill in Germany and Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. The group also serves its SC customers from Dawang Mill in China. Production at Kvarnsveden Mill will continue on two lines, PM10 for improved newsprint paper and PM12 for SC papers. Click Read More below for more of the story.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its August 2019 Printing-Writing Monthly report on Friday, September 13.
According to the August 2019 Printing-Writing Monthly report from AF&PA, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 14 percent in August compared to August 2018. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers declined 13 percent in August compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained essentially flat compared to July 2019.
- U.S. shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased seven percent in August from the same month one year ago. The inventory level of CM papers increased eight percent in August compared to July. CM imports increased while exports declined in July 2019.
- U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 16 percent in August when compared to August 2018. Inventories decreased eight percent compared to last month. Imports and exports of UM papers in July 2019 both decreased year-over-year.
- U.S. shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 18 percent year-over-year in August while U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper decreased 12 percent. Inventory levels at the end of August, when compared to July, decreased for both CFS and remained flat for UFS papers. In July, imports and exports of CFS both decreased and for UFS papers, both increased year-over-year.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-4716.