European Tissue Symposium - Trade association of European tissue paper

Who is ETS

The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) is a Brussels based non-profit trade association of the European tissue paper industry. The members of ETS represent the majority of tissue paper producers throughout Europe, and about 90% of the total European tissue production.

ETS was founded in 1971 and is based in Brussels since 1992.

The objectives of ETS are:

  • To monitor topics, events and developments which are of importance to the European tissue paper industry
  • To inform and advise the members of these events and developments
  • To research and develop issues and policies which have an impact on the tissue industry and to develop a greater understanding of the sector and its products. This includes the collection of technical and scientific information and the ordering of studies.
  • Ancillary to these main activities, to liaison with other non-governmental associations, including industry trade associations, as well as with European and international institutions and authorities.

ETS operates through its advisory board, members plenary, various technical taskforces and links with national associations.

Out of the world's estimated production of 35 million tonnes of tissue, Europe (Western Europe + Eastern Europe) produces approximately 8.4 million tonnes. The principal grades produced by ETS members are toilet tissue, household towels, facial tissue, hankies and industrial towels and wipes.

The tissue industry is a fast-moving consumer goods industry. Tissue products have very specific characteristics, all of which contribute to enhancing the users' hygiene and comfort. In order to meet customer expectations and to remain a successful industry, the tissue industry also needs continuous innovation and development. The role of ETS in this respect is to serve the industry by assisting in the management of many non-competitive issues, such as regulatory changes, and by maintaining relationships with external stakeholders such as authorities and consumer groups.

ETS is currently working with its members on a number of sustainability initiatives and these efforts will undoubtedly be continued in the future.

Mission of the Tissue Industry

  • Benefit the people by offering optimal hygiene solutions and convenience
  • Act in the best sustainable way.

ETS is:

  • An independent Trade Association
  • Representing the tissue paper industry in Europe (majority of manufacturers)
  • A non-profit organisation.

The role of ETS:

  • Support and enhance the image and the mission of the European tissue industry, defend its interests and strengthen its competitiveness on the global market.
  • Represent and position the tissue industry towards EU policy makers and other stakeholders.

To understand the mission of ETS, it is appropriate to examine the position papers prepared by the Members of ETS on various issues, from Environmental aspects, to Food Contact studies, to the Comparison between paper towels and electric air dryers from the hygiene point of view. All these Position Papers are shown in the White Papers tab above.

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