Spanish paper production increased by 4.5% in 2019 and has increased by 1.1% in the first quarter of 2020.
According to Spanish trade association ASPAPEL, this was due to investment of €1.7 billion (£1.5 billion) made in the last five years.
Exports of paper from Spain now account for 55% of turnover worth €4.6 billion (€4.1 billion).
ASPAPEL president Jordi Mercader said: “The existence of a strong national paper industry has allowed, during the pandemic, to meet demand and avoid shortages of essential products.
“Products such as toilet and sanitary papers, packaging for food, drink or pharmaceuticals and graphic papers for communication, information, leisure and culture, among others, manufactured by the Spanish paper industry.”
The highest growth in 2019 production was seen in corrugated cardboard which increased by 10.6% to 3.3 million tonnes. Toilet and sanitary paper production also rose to 777,400 tonnes, which was an increase of 8.2%.
However, the production of graphic papers dropped by 7.2% to 956,200 tonnes.
Spain exports 41% of the paper it produces with Portugal and France the main export markets for it with 43% of total exports. This is followed by Italy, United Kingdom and Germany.