BEDFORD, MA , June 26, 2014 (Viewpoint) -
By Beth Lis, Consultant, Asian Graphic Paper, RISI
There has been a lot of talk of China's weak paper and board demand last year and a question of whether it was really as bad as some are saying. This is a good question and an important one considering what it might mean for future prospects in this market. Much of the talk stems from the recent release by the China Paper Association (CPA) of its estimates for paper and board demand and production in 2013. These data show total Chinese paper and board output down 1.4% in 2013 and demand down 2.6%, compared to 3% growth for both output and demand in 2012.
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