Plimsoll’s latest 2003 analysis of the Top 100 companies in the paper industry reveals a mixed performance on the year so far. With an average sales growth amongst the group of 0.8 per cent, only 10 companies have kept their same sales position from last year. Thirty-nine have moved up in their sales performance and 52 have fallen.

But it is the profitability rankings that have seen the biggest changes, with average margins in the group a low 1.5 per cent. Only three companies have kept their same profit ranking, with 39 moving up and 56 falling. The number of loss makers has increased to 28, 17 of whom are now losing money for the second year running. The biggest profit mover in this edition is Rigid Containers, moving up eight places to 28th place this year. Kappa SSK remains the most profitable company covered.

The 287-page analysis is priced at £500. readers can request a five per cent discount by mentioning Converting Today upon when ordering.


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