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Paper makers bet on sector despite clouds ahead


metsopaper_head_web.JPGDespite the dark cloud hanging over the forestry sector, most industry leaders said they still see the paper business as a good investment.

Overcapacity has kept a lid on paper prices for years, while increasing costs of wood and energy have eaten into the paper makers’ already low margins.

But when asked where they would invest 50,000 euros ($74,330) in stocks other than their own, the participants at the Reuters Paper Summit said the forestries is where they would put their money.

“The good companies will come out of the storm stronger than they were ever before,” said Jouko Karvinen, chief executive of the world’s top paper and board maker Stora Enso.