Technological Transformation in the Global Pulp and Paper Industry 1800–2018

Comparative Perspectives

  • Timo Särkkä
  • Miquel Gutiérrez-Poch
  • Mark Kuhlberg

Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Timo Särkkä, Miquel Gutiérrez-Poch, Mark Kuhlberg
    Pages 1-10
  3. Research and Development

  4. Regulations and Institutions

  5. Local Innovations and Global Markets

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-299

About this book


This contributed volume provides 11 illustrative case studies of technological transformation in the global pulp and paper industry from the inception of mechanical papermaking in early nineteenth century Europe until its recent developments in today’s business environment with rapidly changing market dynamics and consumer behaviour. It deals with the relationships between technology transfer, technology leadership, raw material dependence, and product variety on a global scale. The study itemises the main drivers in technology transfer that affected this process, including the availability of technology, knowledge, investments and raw materials on the one hand, and demand characteristics on the other hand, within regional, national and transnational organisational frameworks.

The volume is intended as a basic introduction to the history of papermaking technology, and it is aimed at students and teachers as course material and as a handbook for professionals working in either industry, research centres or universities. It caters to graduate audiences in forestry, business, technical sciences, and history.


Papermaking Technology transfer Pulp and paper industry Global paper industry Product variety

Editors and affiliations

  • Timo Särkkä
    • 1
  • Miquel Gutiérrez-Poch
    • 2
  • Mark Kuhlberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of History and EthnologyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Department of Economic History, Institutions, Policy and World Economy, The Research Centre in Economics and Economic History ‘Antoni de Capmany’University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of HistoryLaurentian UniversitySudburyCanada

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