The paper industry in Latvia has become one of the main sectors of the national economy in this country. It contributes to both internal and external economic processes, and the reason is that this industry occupies a role in the production of several types of items as well as in businesses related to imports and exports of different types.
The items on which this industry focuses include not only finished products, but also other kinds of products. In the group of paper and board products, for example, one needs to mention items that belong to the category of printings and writings such as woodfree uncoated, woodfree coated, mechanical uncoated and mechanical coated. Others items belong to the category of corrugating materials such as virgin fiber liner, waste-based fluting, and other wrapping papers. Likewise, it is important to mention here other sorts of papers such as tissue, board, among others. But this industry is also important concerning sectors such as pulp and wastepaper, which can be employed in many different ways and in many different industries and sectors of the economy.
The central place that the paper industry has gained in the economy of Latvia is reflected as well in the number of enterprises that work in this industry. For example, between the years of 2008 and 2013, the number of enterprises that manufacture paper and paper products increased in a rather significant way. It is calculated that in 2008, there were 80 enterprises devoted to this sector of the economy. But the the number was 87 in 2009. That number increased just a bit in 2010, with 88 enterprises manufacturing paper and paper products in the country. In 2011, there was a significant increase, since 97 enterprises were now manufacturing this sort of products. Again the number increased in 2012, with a total of 105 enterprises, to reach a number of 107 enterprises in 2013.
In other words, between 2008 and 2013, there were 27 new enterprises devoted to the manufacturing of paper and paper products in Latvia.
The paper industry in Latvia has seen many benefits since the final part of the 1990s, when structural reforms and strict monetary policies contributed to guarantee the economic stability in the country. A consequence of this was that both exports and imports raised, which had as a result an important impact in the increase of foreign trade for Latvia. The European Union became the major trading partner for the country, though indeed not the only one.
The following are but some examples of those Latvian companies that belong to the paper industry. They mainly focus on the design of paper products.
Bungala is a company founded in 2010 and located in Riga. The main idea behind this company is to produce items that can be regarded as unique by its customers, but also with an eye on the eco-friendly character of them. The main products are handmade design papers, but they also include cardboard products made of grass, hay, straw and linen, besides different components made of recycled paper. The company designs and produces items for packing, such as paper bags, envelopes, boxes and cornets. However, it also designs and produces other types of products such as notebooks, covers, folders, labels, invitation cards, among other paper and printing products.
Bungala works with its customers to produce items that satisfy the needs and interests of each of them. For that reason, they have services to make products that individualize each customer. Some of these services include paper personification by means of the use of a logo or a text employing the appropriate techniques for printing. It also relies on laser engraving and foil embossing. Other services provided by Bungala have to do with corporate design services such as promotional gift design, logo design, and printing and sublimation printing services.
Bungala cooperates with advertising and promotional gift agencies, printing houses, paper design studios and designers, retailers of paper products, wholesalers, among others. For more information, visit its website: bungala.lv.
Purpurs is the brand of Dizaina papīrlietas, a company founded in 2010 and located in Riga. The main idea of this company and its brand is to produce design stationery of a very high quality. The products are handmade and feature many appealing characteristics, such as designs crafted by artists, different types of eco-friendly papers, and the use of a wide variety of fabrics that include cotton, leather, and silk.
Dizaina papīrlietas cooperates with bookstores and stationary stores, but also with companies, designers and design shops interested in producing corporate gifts and other kinds of individual items. For more information, visit its website: www.purpurs.com.
Niceplace is a company founded in 2006 and located in Carnikavas novads, in the region of Vidzeme. The company focuses on the production of design paper products such as postcards, cup holders, notebooks, and other similar items. Niceplace cooperates with retailers of paper products and wholesalers. For more information, visit its website: http://www.niceplace.lv.