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Finnish Pulp Output Rises, Paper Production Falls

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Finnish pulp production in January-September was up 2%, while paper and paperboard production was down 1% from the corresponding period of 2010, according to a report this past week by the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. Sawn timber production increased 5% from the corresponding period of the previous year.

"The uncertain economic situation of the main market area in Europe led to weakened demand for forest industry products in the third quarter. In the current volatile economic climate, it is important to ensure the stability of the domestic operating environment and look after our cost-competitiveness," Timo Jaatinen, director general of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, noted.

"It is also crucial for the forest industry, as well as for the entire export sector, that moderate, competitiveness-boosting wage solutions are negotiated for the export industry and that industrial peace is maintained throughout the delivery chain," Jaatinen stresses.

Paper and paperboard production totaled 8.7 million metric tons in January-September. This is about 1% less than in the previous year. Finnish pulp production amounted to 5.1 million metric tons, up 2% from 2010, while sawn timber production totaled 7.6 million cubic meters in January-September, which represented an increase of 5% from the corresponding period of 2010.

More information and data from the interim report is available online.


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