Iconic Czech company Koh-i-noor says that after 11 years it is going to end some of its production in China and bring it back to the Czech Republic. Production in China is not as cheap as it once was and the company wants to safeguard its production at home. The decision has partly been prompted by the dramatic drop in sales to Russia, which is now struggling with its own economic problems and falling currency. Average wages in China have almost doubled in the last five years.
Czechs consume on average 130 kilograms of paper a year, which is just under the EU average, according to figures released by company Activa. In the past 25 years the amount of paper used in the country has tripled. The biggest consumers are public institutions, where every third document printed out is shredded or recycled within a matter of hours. One reason for this is that reading a text printed on paper is still considered more effective than reading a text from a computer screen, Activa says. The company sells 7,500 tons of paper a year, which amounts to 1.5 trillion sheets.