The Evolution of Global Paper Industry 1800¬–2050

A Comparative Analysis

  • Juha-Antti Lamberg
  • Jari Ojala
  • Mirva Peltoniemi
  • Timo Särkkä

Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Juha-Antti Lamberg, Jari Ojala, Mirva Peltoniemi, Timo Särkkä
    Pages 1-18
  3. Joonas Järvinen, Jari Ojala, Anders Melander, Juha-Antti Lamberg
    Pages 19-47
  4. Timo Särkkä
    Pages 167-190
  5. Joonas Järvinen, Juha-Antti Lamberg, Tomi Nokelainen, Henrikki Tikkanen
    Pages 307-343
  6. Jari Ojala, Miikka Voutilainen, Juha-Antti Lamberg
    Pages 345-363
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 365-378

About this book


Since the birth of the mechanised paper industry in early nineteenth century Europe, the prospects of the global paper industry have changed dramatically. The relative importance of western paper markets has diminished due to declining prices, relative scarcity of cheap raw materials and high energy and labour costs. The increased demand for paper and paper products of all kinds in the rapidly developing BRIC countries has moved the centre of industrial activity from Europe and North America to Asia and South America. 

This book presents an historical analysis of the global paper industry evolution from a comparative perspective. At the centre are 16 producing countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, the USA, Germany, Canada, Japan, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Russia). A comparative study of the paper industry evolution can achieve the following important research objectives. First, we can identify the country specific historical features of paper industry evolution and compare them to the general business trends explicable by existing theoretical knowledge. Second, we can identify and isolate the factors causing both the rise and fall of industrial populations. Third, a shared research agenda can produce an intensive analysis of global industry dynamics. Finally, an extended research period of 250 years can identify what is truly unique in the paper industry evolution and the extent to which it took the same path as other important manufacturing industries.


Business history Forest industry Industry evolution Paper industry Pulp industry

Editors and affiliations

  • Juha-Antti Lamberg
    • 1
  • Jari Ojala
    • 2
  • Mirva Peltoniemi
    • 3
  • Timo Särkkä
    • 4
  1. 1., Department of History and EthnologyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2., Department of History and EthnologyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  3. 3.Aalto University School of ScienceAaltoFinland
  4. 4., Department of History and EthnologyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

Bibliographic information