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Spain consolidates as the fourth country in the production of corrugated cardboard in Europe

In 2016 4.952 millions of square metres of this material were created, a 4% more than last year. Only Germany, Italy and France overdue Spain in production. The average in the consumption of cardboard per inhabitant is 57,26 kg. The sector employs more than 22.000 workers in our country.

Spain has consolidated as the fourth country in the production of corrugated cardboard in Europe , only behind Germany, Italy and France. In 2016, our country produced 4.952 millions of square metres of this material, a 4,06% more than last year. As a whole , the figure raises up to 2.951.000 tons of paper consumed in 2016, according to the sectorial report of the Spanish Assocation of Makers of Packaging of Corrugated Carboard (AFCO).

The total billing of the sector, direct as well as indirect, reached last year 4.476 millions of euros with 71 companies and 89 factories of this material in all the Spanish geography. These employed in 2016, counting direct and indirect job positions, more than 22.750 workers. In Europe, the figure of direct positions raised up to 100.000.

"One more year, the corrugated cardboard industry in Spain has been reinforced by some figures that show the preference of the consumer by a material respectful with the environment , healthier, that stretches out the fresh product life and that optimizes the storage, logistics and transport. Because of that, this sector is contributing in Spain significantly to the economic growth, to the creation of local jobs and to the sustainable development. It offers to society the alternative of light packaging that is made from sustainable sources and that once used es 100% recyclable and biodegradable", states Leopoldo Santorromán, president of AFCO.

The main consumption of corrugated cardboard in Spain corresponded in 2016 to the agricultural products sector, with a 23,2%, followed by the food products sector (16,5%), drinks (15%) and transformation of corrugated cardboard (11,4%). With a minor percentage there are sectors like audio, electronics and automotion (8,7%), industrial products (7%) or chemical products and perfume stores(5%).

The average of consumption of corrugated cardboard per inhabitant related to these sectors was 57,26 kg of cardboard in 2016.

Growth forecast

The international Association ICCA (International Corrugated Case Association) forecasts for 2018 a worldwide corrugated cardboard production of 246.970 millons of square metres. The 52,42% would be located in the Asia/Pacific region, followed by Europe with a 21,97%, North America with a 17,15%, South and Central America with a 5,61% and 2,85% the rest of the world.

Cardboard preference by consumers

A recent survey made by AFCO and by Feedback Sociological Survey Strategy has located corrgated cardboard as the package that enjoys the best international reputation between the Spanish people. The barometer, titled "Packages: perception of the society", places this material as the most sustainable with a 76,7% compared to plastic, whith a 10,7%. Besides, regarding fruits and vegetables, the 70,5% of the people surveyed prefer one-use boxes that can be recycled, such as paper and cardboard, because, in their opinion, are the most hygienic.

Source: AFCO.
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