Lack of paper “drama” for the print press – companies

In the past, the day before newspaper was recycled to pack vegetables in the markets. From now on, home shopping is delivered from cardboard, often recycled, and the French press lacks newsprint, which is unsustainable.

Thanks to the anticipation and accompanying digitization of the printing press, paper and cardboard manufacturers have reduced their ability to produce newsprint to such an extent that in a few months there will be only one production machine left in France.

And newsprint prices are on the rise: at 400 euros per ton in the first half of 2021, it doubled in one yearto reach 800 euros and more in Aprilrefers to the alliance (Apig) of 285 national or regional press titles.

“The stress on newspaper supplies is caused by shutting down the machines or moving the machines to the manufacture of packages” of cardboardTo meet the strong demand of the online sales sectorconfirms Paul-Antoine Lacour, general delegate of Copasel, which brings together companies in the paper, cardboard and cellulose industries. “Stationery stores are turning to cardboard to supply Amazon. The smallest, on which orders can be modified, are closingwhich means that we have a real industrial problem of dependency in France”, notes Fabien Gay, Director of the Humanitarian Journal and Senator for Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris region).

Paper makers, who are large consumers of gas and electricity, are simultaneously suffering from rising energy prices. “We were 3% of our costs, now we are at 10%,” adds Mr. LaCour. This phenomenon affects not only France. All of Europe is affected, but Spain, Germany and Scandinavia retain newsprint production capacity.

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French newspapers between Their fixed costs (press, editorial, distribution network) and the increase in energy and paper, confront the situation as a tragedy. “It is difficult to resist such an increase. It is possible that some titles in France will not survive,” said Philippe Carly, president of the IBRA group, which includes nine titles from the east of the country. According to confidential data obtained by AFP, the individual increase in the price of the paper will amount to an additional 5-10 million euros. In the accounts of groups such as Ebra, Ouest France, Le Monde, Le Figaro or Sud-Ouest.

Despite the increasing digitization, the French pressMany of his books raised their selling price for each issue at the beginning of the year. It still consumes about 330,000 tons of paper per yearAs says Pierre Petillo, Director of the Alliance. Most fragile are the headlines of the regional weekly newspapers, which are still sparsely digitized.

Many newspapers reduce pagination, cut out sections, or don’t go out on public holidays. Abroad, La Dépêche de Tahiti, which had been in difficulty for a long time, was put into compulsory liquidation at the end of April. Some paper makers are taking advantage of the situation to raise what’s ahead. “Previously, we had annual rates, now we negotiate prices on a quarterly basis, there are even paper allocations made to the highest bidder,” notes the head of the press, who asked not to be identified.

Recycling itself is increasingly turning to carton packagingIt is highly demanded by e-commerce.

From January 1, 2023, the Agec law against waste will require newspapers to pay an environmental contribution to Citeo, which regulates waste collection and recycling in France, rather than paying in kind in the form of public pages as has been the case until now.

“This is crazy, we will directly help the newspapers fund Amazon and others”, we shout in alliance. The latter asked for specific help from the public authorities: “This cartoon is thriving on e-commerce, we understand, but it is difficult to assess the contribution of e-commerce to democracy.”

Thanks to the anticipation and accompanying digitization of the printing press, manufacturers of paper and cardboard have reduced their production capacity of newsprint to such an extent that in a few months there will be only one production machine in operation in France. And the price of newsprint is rising: 400 euros per ton in the first half of 2021, doubled in one year, reaching 800 euros and more in April, indicates the Alliance (Apig) of 285 national or regional press titles. Paul-Antoine Lacour, general representative of Copacel, which brings together paper, cardboard and cellulose manufacturers, confirms. Fabian Guy, director of the Daily L’Humanity and senator for Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris region). Paper makers, who are major consumers of gas and electricity, are suffering at the same time from rising energy prices. Mr. Lacour adds: “We were 3% of our costs, and we are now at 10%.” This phenomenon affects not only France. All of Europe is affected, but Spain, Germany and Scandinavia retain newsprint production capabilities. – Paper-bound readers – French newspapers, taken among their fixed costs (press, editing and distribution) And the surge in energy and paper, experienced the situation as a tragedy.“It’s hard to resist such an increase,” said Philip Carly, president of the Ibra group, which includes nine titles from the east. It is possible that some titles in France will not survive.” According to confidential data obtained by AFP, the individual increase in the price of paper will weigh an additional 5-10 million euros in the accounts of groups such as Ibra, West France, Le Monde or Le Figaro or Sud Quest.Despite increased digitization, the French press, many of whose titles raised their selling price per issue at the beginning of the year, still consumes about 330,000 tons of paper annually, notes Pierre Petillo, director of the Alliance. The headlines of regional weekly newspapers, which are still sparsely digitized, with many newspapers reducing pagination, deleting sections or not going out on public holidays. Abroad, La Dépêche de Tahiti, which has struggled for a long time, is forced into forced liquidation At the end of April. Some paper makers are taking advantage of the situation to raise the pre. The head of the press, who asks to remain anonymous, notes: “Before, we had annual prices, now we negotiate prices on a quarterly basis, and there are also provisions made of paper for the highest payer. Price.” – Trade From January 1, 2023, the Agec law against waste will require newspapers to pay an environmental contribution to Citeo, which regulates the collection and recycling of waste in France, rather than paying in kind in the form of advertising pages as has been the case until now. The latter asked for specific help from the public authorities: “This cartoon is thriving on e-commerce, we understand, but it is difficult to assess the contribution of e-commerce to democracy.”

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