Energy crisis leaves Germany’s toilet paper makers struggling to clean up

By Madeleine Speed and Martin Arnold
The Financial Times
September 23, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

GERMANY — Making a single 2-metre-wide “mother roll” of toilet paper at Germany’s Essity plant in Mainz-Kostheim, where the Main river meets the Rhine, uses 700 kilowatt-hours of natural gas — enough to heat a family home for several weeks during the winter. With energy costs surging and fears of power shortages mounting, Essity has had to raise prices and switch to other sources of fuel. Germany’s energy crisis has placed producers of toilet paper under intense pressure. Some have already gone under or cut production, and economists fear the broader impact on industry and growth. …The impact of the energy crisis on industry has added to fears that what was once the eurozone’s economic powerhouse will soon enter a recession. Economists have slashed their forecasts for Europe’s largest economy; Deutsche Bank now predicts it will shrink 3.5 per cent next year.

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