An overview of the paper sector from the point of view of additives use is presented. In the first section, the general trends
of the sector concerned in terms of world production and trade flows are reviewed together with an overall description of
the main characteristics of the production process, including pulp production and paper manufacturing and finishing. The second
part is focused on the description of the different additive classes used to provide paper with the required functional characteristics
and to facilitate and improve the production process as well, namely, retention aids, sizing agents, binders, wet strength
agents, coating agents, optical brightener agents, biocides and dyes. Main compounds or compound families within each additive
class are listed, and some related information regarding their function, world consumption and environmental potential impacts
is also included.