They are more and more the industries that bet on caring for the environmentamong them the paper industry, which this year grew and obtained remarkable results with sustainable raw materials.
According to a statement issued by the Chamber of the Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Industry, “The paper industry contributed 4.6% to the GDP of the national industry in 2022, the use of the figures reached 26.7% in virgin fiber from forest plantations with responsible management, 12.42% virgin fiber from sugarcane bagasse and 60.81% recycled fiber”.
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The good results are accompanied by great challenges such as the supply crisis and the increase in the prices of recycled paper and chemical inputs.
“In the first 9 months of the year by 1.2% compared to the same period last year, and this, despite the slowdown caused by inflation and the exchange rate”, according to Andi.
Isabel Cristina Riveros, executive director of the Chamber of the Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Industry, assures that the sector «presented a positive behavior in the aforementioned period, and in which it reported a production of 964,569 tons of paper and cardboard, of which of which 560,345 tons corresponded to paper for packaging uses, 213,052 tons to domestic and sanitary paper and 191,172 tons to paper for other uses”.
And he affirms: “By 2023, the most important thing for us will be to maintain and improve our competitiveness, hoping that the balance of consumption and availability will be balanced, and that the Colombian consumer continues to support the national product, which today presents a competitive offer in its quality/cost ratio. Now, this will be achieved to the extent that our inputs, and especially our energy sources, will remain available and at competitive prices”.
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In 2023, the paper sector wants to continue making efforts to increase sustainable productionthat guarantees the availability of these future generations and the efficient use of resources.
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In addition, this industry bets on to renewable energy conversions and all this leveraged in important investments and innovation strategies, according to Andi.
In fact, the Chamber of the Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Industry assures «that some union members advance in the production of packaging for food and other uses from cane cardboard of sugar and the substitution of portfolios from plastic to paper”.
This is done by taking advantage of the pine and eucalyptus bark, and the leftovers from wood treatment plants, to generate cleaner energy in its production and in order to eliminate bleaching chemicals and optimize resources that lead to the reduction of carbon footprint by 4.6% and energy consumption by 18.3%.
«For him 2023 I see as a challenge the reactivation of household demand, the control of macroeconomic variables, and joint action in relation to the confidence between the private sector, investment, the consumer and the government”, concludes the executive director of the Chamber of the Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Industry.
According to the executive director of the Chamber of the Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Industry, «another great commitment of our industry is probably to continue actions to support the development and consolidation of the 2018-2038 strategy of commercial forestry plantations, that pursue a sustainable production for the future of paper”.
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