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AF&PA survey says paper/board capacity declined in 2006

March 9, 2007 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released its 47th Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard, and Pulp Capacity.

According to the survey, U.S. paper and paperboard capacity continued to edge lower in 2006, declining 1.6% to 97.7 million short tons. U.S. paper and paperboard capacity contracted 4.7% in the period from 2000 through 2006 or at an average annual rate of 0.7%.

Looking forward, the survey indicates that paper and paperboard capacity will decline another 0.7% in 2007 and then re-expand nearly one percent during the subsequent two years—rising 0.7% in 2008 and 0.2% in 2009.

AF&PA's Capacity Survey covers U.S. industry capacity plans for the years 2006 through 2009 for all paper, paperboard, and pulp grades. Industry total capacity by grade for all U.S. mills is included in the report.

The complete Survey with detailed tables may be purchased for $1,500 through AF&PA's website, www.afandpa.org, or by contacting Jared Davis at AF&PA (ph: 202-463-2738 or email: Jared_Davis@afandpa.org).

SOURCE: AF&PA




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