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U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Up Again in January

Feb. 23, 2010 - Total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments increased 9% in January compared to January 2009 — the third consecutive year-ago increase, according to the American Forest & Paper Association's January 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report.

The report showed that three of the four major printing-writing grades recorded double-digit growth when compared to 2009.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports - exports) of printing-writing papers also increased in January, up 4% versus year-ago January, AF&PA said.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 9,800 tons from December, an increase of 1%.

Some additional highlights from AF&PA's report include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments up versus year-ago for second consecutive month.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments hit double-digit growth versus year-ago for second month.
  • Year-ago shipments of coated mechanical (CM) reaches double-digit growth for third consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments surge compared to last January.

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry employs one million workers and generates six percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP.

Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association




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