Paper sector

The paper industry sector in Italy

The paper industry in Italy boasts significant numbers: 165 Paper Mills, 20,000 workers, almost 9,000,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard produced every year, with a turnover of 6.8 billion Euros (the volume of production places Italy in the first 4 positions to European level).

Lucca is the only officially acknowledged “Paper District” in Europe: over 140 Paper Mills and Converters, 6,500 workers, 2,000,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard produced (tissue paper and corrugated cardboard), with a turnover of 3.5 billion Euros. Lucca is also home to major companies that supply technologies, machinery and services to the paper industry sector, with a turnover of more than 2,600 million Euros and over 8,000 workers!

In Europe, Lucca is the number one spot for tissue production (24%), Italy is also one of the leader countries in the corrugated cardboard sector.

165 Paper Mills

165 plants around the country


tons of paper produced per year


workers employed in Italy

6,8 bilion Euros

annual turnover of the paper industry in Italy

In Europe

Italy is in the first 4 positions (tons produced per year)


major investments in technology by Italian paper mills

MIAC figures…


Visitors from around the world meet in Lucca every year in October

50 Countries

represented at MIAC (Countries attended the Exhibition last year)

270 Exhibitors

in one place and under one roof available to the MIAC Visitors.