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Record year for Finnish production


February 20, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Finland produced a record 14.1 million tons of paper and paperboard in 2006. Chemical and mechanical pulp productio…

Finland produced a record 14.1 million tons of paper and paperboard in 2006. Chemical and mechanical pulp production also topped an all-time high of over 13 million tons. Production volumes rose compared with the previous record year, 2004, because companies were able to keep mills running during Christmas and Midsummer for the first time after the change in the labour market agreement in 2005.

In 2006, the gross value of production in the Finnish forest industries amounted to approximately 21 billion euros. This was roughly 14% more than the figure in 2005, which was marred by a labour dispute, and about 6% more than in 2004.

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Finland has good possibilities to maintain its position as a leading production and innovation environment in the forest industries, said Dr. Anne Brunila, president and CEO of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. While unprofitable capacity is being closed in Europe and Finland, efficient and modern mills are doing well. According to preliminary information, the forest industries are investing more in Finland than any other branch and are working to maintain the competitiveness of their domestic capacity.


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