Since the 12th century, the art of papermaking has been a significant factor in Europe. It has made an important contribution to the flowering of government and culture.
Today the Austrian paper industry is operating in a business environment that is shaped to a large extent by the European Union. In many areas, the EU guarantees that Austrian companies are subject to the same economic framework conditions as their European competitors. Within the context of the technology platform FTP, the Austrian paper industry works with innovation partners throughout Europe on the further development if its products.
The eastern enlargement of the EU in 2005 was a very positive development for the domestic paper industry. Our companies have been able to renew historical relationships with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and establish new ones.
Today Europe produces and distributes around 100 million tonnes of paper a year. Five per cent of that total is made in Austria.