Opticom International Research today announced the results from the study evaluating “The Top Suppliers of Woodfree Coated Sheets” in Western Europe.

The results are based on a comprehensive study with 1225 sheetfed printers in seven countries in Western Europe; Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain. The study is ranking the top suppliers based on how well they perform and fulfil the demands when it comes to service as well as other criteria that are crucial to sheetfed printers. The loyalty towards the suppliers has also been measured.

Similar to findings from the supplier part for Central & Eastern Europe, the woodfree coated sheet market is also in Western Europe mainly a merchant market. It is however a more well established market where paper producers have a stronger presence than in Central & Eastern Europe. Paper merchants included in this study are Antalis, Berberich, Burgo Distribuzione, Elliot Baxter, Igepa, Inapa, Malmenayde, PaperlinX, Papyrus, Sarriópapel and Torraspapel Distribucion. Paper producers included are Arctic Paper, ArjoWiggins, Burgo, Fedrigoni, Grycksbo, Lecta, M-real, Sappi, Scheufelen, Stora Enso and UPM.

The supplier index ranking according to sheetfed printers in Western Europe looks as follows (last year’s ranking within brackets):

Top Supplier in Western Europe according to sheetfed offset printers (Rank 2007):
1. PaperlinX (4)
2. Papyrus (2)
3. Igepa (1)
4. Burgo Distribuzione (new)
5. Inapa (3)
6. Antalis (5)

To access the full news release click on the following link:
http://www.opticom.se/docs/newsrelease/News Release Top Suppliers 2008 – WFC WE.pdf

For more information, or ordering of the study, please contact Emma Grundström at +46 8 50 3090 00 or emma(at)opticom.se.

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