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Why Did Folding Boxboard Production Grow So Quickly in Europe?

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Ville Nikkanen, Regional Sales Manager, Europe

There are four main coated paperboard products produced in North America and Europe — Folding Boxboard (FBB), Coated Recycled Board (CRB), Solid Bleached Sulphate (SBS), Solid Unbleached Kraft (SUK) — and production of coated paperboard has increased 0.9 million tonnes (8.8%) in Europe and 0.3 million tonnes (3%) in North America over the last seven years.

FBB is the most common paperboard produced in Europe with almost 50% share. In North America, SBS is the most common with around 55% share.

This article shows a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in North America and Europe of each grade between 2011 and 2018, and what stands out is the rapid growth of FBB in Europe against the very different trajectories of the other grades. Why has FBB in Europe done so well?

Production in 2011 of FBB in Europe was less than of CRB, but seven years later FBB production was around 40% more than CRB.

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