China, the United States, and Japan are the world’s three largest paper producing countries. These countries account for half of the world’s total paper production, while Germany and the United States remain the leading paper importers and exporters. With some 407.5 million metric tons of paper consumed globally in 2014, the world’s paper consumption roughly equals to the amount of paper produced annually.
China is the world’s largest paper and paperboard consumer in the world, using more than 103 million metric tons annually, followed by the U.S. with a consumption rate of more than 71 million metric tons. North America has the world’s highest per capita consumption of paper of any region, consuming 221 kilograms per capita, which is given context when you compare it to the world average per capita consumption of paper of just 57 kilograms per year.
As the 5th largest consumer, India’s demand for paper is expected to rise 53% in the next six years, primarily due to a sustained increase in the number of children in rural areas attending schools. Though India’s per capita consumption is quite low compared to global peers, the demand is set to rise from the current 13MT (million tonnes), to an estimated 20MT by 2020.
In 2016, Japan’s paper consumption approximately reached 14.4 million metric tons, slightly down from 14.6 million tons in 2015. The highest consumption measured was at nearly 19 million tons in 2007. Our multilingual team helps supply various paper grades across Asia.
Germany’s paper industry stands at number one in Europe but ranks fourth in the world, after USA, China, and Japan. Its turnover yields 14.9 billion Euros and the annual production stands at 23.2 million tons, comprising of 3,000 varieties of paper grades. The industry offers almost 44,000 jobs at about 180 production sites in Germany. PG Paper Company are prominent paper suppliers in Europe and Asia.
In Brazil, paper and pulp industry is growing steadily. Being spread across 540 municipalities, the 220 companies in this sector generate around 128,000 jobs, 77,000 working in the industry, and 51,000 working in the forest departments. It accounts for almost 640,000 indirect jobs.
The Brazilian paper and pulp industry planted 2.2 million hectares of reforestation trees in 2012 with exports of USD 6.7 billion.
USA is of the biggest consumers of paper in the world. Between 1990 and 2002, paper consumption in USA increased from 84.9 million tons to 97.3 million tons. PG paper is one of the biggest paper suppliers in USA and around the globe.
PG Paper Company Ltd caters to paper consumers from around the globe and our multilingual team helps to provide the best support.