The paper industry is a high-tech sector with a future. German papermills produce some 3,000 different paper grades – all of them being customized to meet special requirements regarding finish and quality. Annual production amounts to approx. 22.7 million tons paper and board. A staff of nearly 40,000 generate a sales volume of 14.3 billion euros.
Paper grades from Germany are also in international demand, with approx. 45% of overall production going into exports. In many areas German paper companies are players in the 1st league or even world market leaders for their products. By international standards, the German paper industry is equipped with leading-edge machinery so that it is armed for the future. In terms of production, the industry ranks first in Europe and takes 4th place worldwide behind the USA, China and Japan.