The paper industry produces some 22.7 million tons of paper and board annually.
The sector has total sales revenue of €15.5 billion.
The paper industry employs a workforce of some 40,550.
Throughout Germany, 157 companies make paper and board – from global players all the way to owner-managed family-run businesses.
Our product is natural and we are right at the top when it comes to recycling.
There are some 3,000 different paper grades – divided into four grade types: paper and board for packaging, graphic papers, sanitary and household papers, and papers for technical and special applications
Paper machines are among the biggest industrial units: over 10 metres wide, up to 200 metres long and 3 storeys high; every day, they can produce a paper web stretching from Flensburg to Munich – and have more control circuits than a jumbo jet.