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U.S. Paperboard Production Increased in January

March 2, 2010 - According to AF&PA's January 2010 Paperboard Report, total production increased from December totals by 81,800 tons or 8.0%.

However, total paperboard production decreased by 2.1% in January 2010 compared to January 2009.

Production in January of Unbleached Kraft Folding saw a substantial increase of 12.5% in production from December 2009. January’s production was flat when compared to last year.

January production for Solid Bleached Folding increased 14.7% when compared to December 2009 and decreased 3.1% over January a year ago. Solid Bleached Packaging operated at 86.3% capacity in January, 2010, up 0.1 point from last month, and down 0.8 points from January 2009.

Recycled Folding production in January rose 6.4% over December 2009 and 0.5% against January 2009 production. Recycled Board operated at 90.7% capacity in January, 2010, up from 84.2% in December 2009, and up 9.7 points over same month last year.

January inventories of Solid Bleached Kraft Paperboard fell 12.2% when compared to January 2009, and 9,689 tons or 2.9% over last month.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)




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