25 Uncoated Woodfree Paper Machines at High Risk of Closure in Europe

By Risi, PRNE
Monday, June 6, 2011

BRUSSELS, June 7, 2011 -

- By 2015, 1.5 million tonnes of uncoated woodfree capacity is expected
to close

The combined pressures of overcapacity and high input costs in the
uncoated woodfree paper market have been impacting producer profitability in
Europe, making it inevitable that some European paper machines will face
closure, according to RISI's new European Uncoated Woodfree Papers Risk of
Closure Study. www.risi.com/eurisk

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Declining Western European demand and the addition of new capacity in
Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America could force the closure of up to 25
machines (1.5 million tonnes of capacity), potentially turning Western Europe
into a net importer of uncoated woodfree papers by 2015.

"It's clear that a lot of uncoated woodfree capacity in Europe will shut,
and this study takes the step of identifying the actual machines and mills at
risk of closure," said Sampo Timonen, Director of European Graphic Papers at
RISI, and author of the study. Sampo adds however, that while "high pulp,
recovered paper and energy costs threaten the profitability of non-integrated
producers, integrated producers and net sellers of pulp or electricity profit
from selling the energy they do not require."

To reach these conclusions, Timonen analyzed 65 paper machines and 29
producers of xerographic, printing and converting papers in Europe. The
European Uncoated Woodfree Papers Risk of Closure Study reveals machine risk
of closure by company, evaluating which companies may face bankruptcy and
which machines might face forced closure, planned closure or potential
divestments, and including companies likely to participate in industry

More information about the study can be found at

About RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products
industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood
products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing
industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout
North and South America, Europe and Asia. More information can be found at

    Nichola Heer
    Marketing Manager, Forecasts & Analysis, RISI
    326 Avenue Louise, Bte 22
    1050 Brussels
    Email: nheer@risi.com
    Tel: +32-2-536-0770


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