The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China has revealed that it expects consumption of paper to keep rising up to 2015.
It forecasts that the country’s consumption of paper and paperboards will hit 114.7 million tonnes in 2015 and that consumption will see an annual 4.6 per cent rise during the nation’s 12th five-year plan from 2011 to 2015. Output of paper and paperboard is likely to be 116 million tonnes.
However, due to resource, energy and environmental pressures, the Chinese papermaking industry requires a faster restructure than previously planned.
As a result, 10 million tonnes of outdated papermaking capacity will be closed down by 2015 with further efforts to enhance recycling taking place.
The world’s largest producer and consumer of paper and paperboard aims to raise recycling of paper to 72.1 per cent in five years from 71.5 per cent currently.