In January-June 2006 paper and paperboard production in Finland proceeded at a good pace and total production in the first half reached 7 million tons, setting a new record.
Growth in production was partly due to mills’ continued operation during the Midsummer holiday, which was possible for the first time in Finland thanks to the collective agreement that was concluded a year ago. Over 40 per cent of paper and paperboard capacity was in use at Midsummer, while pulp mills operated practically all.
"Other reforms that were written into the collective agreement a year ago must also be implemented. Mills should particularly be able to use outsourcing to increase flexibility, as in competing countries. Practical models should also be revised so that mills can react better to changes in the operating environment," says President Anne Brunila of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. "There are many communities in Finland whose vitality is based on our competitive forest industries. We want to keep these communities alive in the future as well."
Brisk wood trade
Domestic wood procurement in the forest industries was hampered by short supply in the early part of the year. After a weak stretch resulting from a tax change at the beginning of the year, wood trade has picked up and is now brisk. The improved situation is also reflected in rising production figures for sawn wood.