The cellulose, paper and cardboard sector has a direct turnover of 23,094 million euros in Spain, a figure that represents 2.1% of the country's GDP, according to the report 'Socioeconomic importance of the value chain of cellulose, paper and cardboard 'produced by Ceprede.
Regarding the global turnover generated, the value chain amounts to 48,471 million euros, which represents 8.8% of the turnover of the Spanish industry and 4.5% of the Spanish GDP. Likewise, the total value added generated stands at 18,378 million euros, exceeding 13.2% of the added value of the industry in the country.
During the presentation of the report, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, María Reyes Maroto, congratulated the sector for the "strong" data of this year and recognized the work of the paper and cardboard industry in the field of sustainability, technological transformation and the fight against rural depopulation.
In this regard, the minister stressed that this sector represents the "clearest" example of circular economy in Spain and has assured that the Government will act in accordance with these principles of sustainability.
In this transition to the Circular Economy, the Institute for Sustainable Production (IPS) supports the reduction of waste, responsible consumption and the prioritization of sustainable products, manufactured from renewable, recyclable and biodegradable raw materials such as paper and cardboard. Betting on sustainable materials with reduced environmental impact is moving towards a circular, more competitive and less polluting economy where resources are used more efficiently.
For his part, Aspapel's CEO, Carlos Reinoso, has defined the paper and cardboard sector as a "large productive sector" that has the strength to be "renewable" and that relies on a circular economy that provides "foundations" for the future.
Reinoso has also referred to the impact of digitization for this industry. On this phenomenon, has declared that, despite the contraction and collapse of some markets, such as the written press, the sector has managed to restructure, innovate and survive. "We have sailed as good sailors on that crisis," he said.
In addition, the general director of Aspapel has highlighted that the paper and cardboard sector is a sector that pays taxes, "specifically 1.8% of the country's tax revenue," a total of 7,424 million euros.
The study reveals that nine out of every fifty industrial jobs in Spain is related to the value chain of pulp, paper and cardboard. Likewise, in relation to the economy as a whole, one in every fifty jobs is generated by this chain.
Considering direct, indirect and induced employment, which totals 369,036 workers, the jobs created equal 18.5% of industrial employment and 2% of total employment in Spain.
In terms of data, the paper and cardboard sector is made up of 17,377 companies with employees and provides direct employment to 182,370 people. For the director of the sectorial area of Ceprede, Milagros Dones, this sector presents a "very important" effect that is not only direct but also "indirect and induced".
In this sense, Reinosa has qualified that it is a sector that creates "stable and qualified" employment, where temporality remains "limited". In this sense, the report reveals that 73% of direct jobs are from operators with technical training, along with 17% of managers and technicians and 10% of administration personnel.
In her speech, the director of the sectorial area of Ceprede has defined the preparation of this report as a "more than pleasant" experience for her research center. Similarly, he explained that his goal was to undertake a study "tangible, credible and updated information", because this has been a sector "heavily penalized" years ago during the period of economic crisis.