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Paper

Created: 16 April 2015

Paper is one of the most consumed products in the world and, for centuries, it has been an integral part of mankind’s daily life. As a basic medium for education, communication and information for most people, it is used in books, newspapers, magazines, documents and letters, and, therefore, contributes to the transmission of knowledge.

It also has a wide range of commercial and residential uses, such as containerboards, packaging for protecting food, and hundreds of other products, from printing paper to a variety of cleaning and tissue products.

Following the technological advances, uses are diversified to make the lives of consumers, companies, governments and institutions more practical, flexible and productive.

However, to fulfill this need, it is fundamental to base the production and consumption of paper on sustainable standards. In order to do so, the industry is paying attention to this challenge, by being innovative, investing and obtaining positive results.

It is important to stress that the paper produced in Brazil comes from planted forests, a renewable resource. Moreover, paper is recyclable, i.e., a great part of it returns to the production cycle after consumption. In addition to these advantages, the industry moves forward with continuous improvements to promote a cleaner production, with a lower environmental impact.

Brazil is an important worldwide paper producer and, meets its domestic market demand and exports primarily to countries in Latin America, the European Union, and North America.

Types and applications

Paper has multiple applications. It is used for printing (books, newspapers and magazines) and writing (notebooks, cut-size paper, greeting cards, among other applications), in addition to being used in packaging for food, drugs and various other products, and also in hygiene products (table napkins, tissues and sanitary pads). Paper is also used for special purposes such as postage stamps, paper money, coffee filters and automobile engine air filters, among many other examples.

Papers can be divided into various classifications according to their characteristics and uses, which become increasingly more diverse as industry advances and consumer needs evolve.

The first papers in history were used for writing purposes. With the development of printing methods, paper became useful for disseminating ideas.

Technology has refined paper uses, which can now be classified into different categories: newsprint for newspapers, coated and uncoated papers for books, magazines and other publications; and printing and writing.

Depending on their application, these papers need to have certain characteristics, such as folding endurance, water resistance and colorfastness, or bending strength, in addition to grease and vapor permeability, among other properties.

Printing and Writing Papers

Packaging Papers

Paperboard

Tissue Papers

Specialty Papers