The key role of export in the paper market should not be demonised by the press, a Confederation of Paper Industries market expert has said. Following CPI data which predicted a tough year ahead for the industry in 2009, CPI recovered paper sector manager Peter Seggie said: In the UK, great strides continue to be made in increasing the tonnage of recovered paper and board being retrieved from the waste stream.
But the excessive reliance on the export market for recycling capacity was cruelly exposed through the last few months of 2008, leading to extensive negative press on the paper recycling industry.
Seggie also called on the Government to to provide more encouragement for investment in UK paper and board manufacturing. He said: The market developments towards the end of 2008 show how vital it is that the UK retains a strong paper and board manufacturing industry to ensure that there is a reliable internal market for recovered paper and board recycling. Despite the planned new investments, the UK will remain one of the smallest producers of paper and board in Europe relative to its consumption of paper and board products.