German paper association Die Papierindustrie member survey finds reduction or complete halt of natural gas supply could create bottlenecks or paralyze paper production in Germany; 39% of usual amount of paper, paperboard could be made at 30% of gas supply

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BERLIN , June 10, 2022 (press release) –

A reduction in the supply of natural gas to 30% or even a complete halt to the supply would have an enormous impact on paper production in Germany or even paralyze it. This is the result of a current survey by the DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE eV association among its members.

“Restricting the gas supply would inevitably lead to bottlenecks in important paper products. For most companies there is no alternative,” said the President of DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE, Winfried Schaur. “Paper is central to maintaining significant parts of critical infrastructure such as nutrition, medicine, hygiene and media. Politicians must take this into account in all deliberations.”

According to the survey, if the amount of gas were reduced to 30%, on average only about 39% of the usual amount of paper, cardboard and cardboard could be produced. This would mean stop-and-go operation for most factories, which is often not tested in practice. With a complete halt to deliveries, only about 12% of the usual amount of paper could be produced on average, although there are slight differences between the individual paper types. Only the few manufacturers who use other energy sources such as coal, oil or alternative fuels could produce. Standstill damage to the paper machines is also to be feared as a result of shutdowns. A gas stop would also affect the suppliers of fillers and auxiliary materials for paper production and put additional strain on the supply chains.

The feedback on the survey makes it clear that a gas stop would not only affect paper production. The process heat provided by some paper mills for neighboring companies would also no longer be available if production were to stop.

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