U.S. Containerboard Production Up in March
April 16, 2010 - For the fifth straight month, U.S. containerboard paper production has risen sharply when compared to last year, according to the American Forest & Paper Association.
Total U.S. containerboard production in March of this year saw an increase of 379,100 tons, or 15.6%, over March 2009. Although total production amounts also increased compared to February 2010, average daily production was down slightly due to the number of days in March.
Year-to-date 2010 production has increased 13.2% over 2009.
The containerboard operating rate for March 2010 rose 16.3 points over March 2009 to 93.6%.
Additional key findings from the report include:
- Linerboard production posts a large increase over same month last year.
- Medium production follows the trend and increase over March 2009.
- Operating rates also reflected the year-over-year increase.