European mechanical paper demand in June up 3.1% for newsprint but down 4.8% for SC-magazine; exports increase 19.4% for SC-magazine, 12.7% for coated mechanical reels and 13.7% for uncoated mechanical: CEPIPRINT

BRUSSELS , July 25, 2011 (press release) – CEPIPRINT, the Association of European Publication Paper Producers, issued today its monthly summary of European (Western + Eastern) mechanical paper statistics.

The Newsprint sector recorded a 3.1% (25,000 tonnes) increase in European demand in June compared to the same period last year. Total European shipments were up 1.1% (10,000 tonnes) last month on the back of higher domestic deliveries. However, exports of Newsprint fell 18.5% (28,000 tonnes) during the same period.

European demand for SC-Magazine was 4.8% (15,000 tonnes) lower in June year-on-year. Looking at shipments, a 19.4% (14,000 tonnes) hike in exports took total European shipments to 392,000 tonnes, just 0.4% below the level seen in June last year.

The Coated Mechanical Reels sector reported a similar rise in overseas shipments last month. Exports of the grade were up 12.7% (20,000 tonnes). On the other hand, local European shipments were down 8.5% representing a 50,000 tonne drop year-on-year with reductions recorded in several large markets, particularly Spain and Germany.

Albeit on a smaller scale, exports of Uncoated Mechanical papers were also up last month with a rise of 13.7% (5,000 tonnes). Domestic shipments of the grade were down 1.8% or 3,000 tonnes, which led to Total European shipments of 214,000 tonnes in June, a 2,000 tonne rise on previous.

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