RISI VIEWPOINT: Global paper and paperboard demand growing despite declines in graphic paper

By Derek Mahlburg, Senior Economist, North American Graphic Paper

Healthy gains in packaging and tissue outweighed the slide in graphic paper demand in 2016, allowing global paper and paperboard demand to grow by 1%, or 3.9 million tonnes. This expansion is somewhat subdued relative to the past 15 years' average growth rate of 1.5% per year, but it represents an improvement compared to the past five years' average growth of only 0.7% per year. In addition, this growth comes despite global graphic paper demand shrinking by 2.6% in 2016, its second-worst performance ever outside of a recession. The worst non-recession performance ...

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