RISI, which provides research on the global forest products industry, has published a study that suggests that European graphic paper producers could switch to other products such as packaging and specialty papers to cope with the overcapacity in the market place that has led to extensive machine closures.
Ville Henttonen, lead study author and Senior Product Manager of Mill Intelligence at RISI, explains: “Due to its similar basis weights and high volume commodity nature, containerboard has been the most typical conversion product we’ve seen so far.”
However, he says that some machines are better suited than others, adding: “For example, wide machines have greater width options and productivity, but not necessarily flexibility. Because of this, much of our conversion potential analysis focuses on key characteristics of each paper machine such as: trim width, technical age, capacity, products, fiber furnish, energy assets, and so on.”
Thus RISI’s European Containerboard Machine Conversion Study provides a detailed analysis of European graphic paper machine conversion potential and impact on containerboard markets. For more information on this study, visit www.risi.com/machineconversion.