Germany will retain its status as the world’s largest paper consumer within the next several years, according to recent reports of German media and some local analysts in the field of paper business.
At present, the per capita paper consumption in the country estimated at 241 kg, being significantly higher those in the US - 211 kg, while analysts expect these figures will continue to grow in years to come.
At present most of raw materials for the needs of German papermaking sector are supplied from Nordic states, with the remaining (up to 25% of the overall needs) being met by imports from Brazil.
Although the consumption of offset paper for printing books or magazines in Germany has declined in recent years, the same cannot be said for packaging materials such as disposable paper dishes or food packaging. In the meantime, the rapid development of online commerce market also contributes to the growth of paper consumption in the country.
Analyst expect the demand for paper and packaging, made from it in Germany will remain stable in years to come, which is also due to the negative image of plastics, the consumption of which in the country is steadily declining.
By: Eugen Gerden