U.S. Printing-Writing Papers Shipments Post Increase in March
April 22, 2010 - According to the American Forest & Paper Associationís March 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased 12% in March compared to March 2009 — the fifth consecutive year-ago increase and the second double-digit year-ago increase.
All four of the major printing-writing grades posted increases compared to last March, and three recorded double-digit growth when compared to 2009, AF&PA said.
U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also increased in March, up 8% versus year-ago March.
Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased slightly from February 2010, down 1%, AF&PA said.
Some additional key findings include:
- Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments up versus year-ago for fourth consecutive month.
- Coated free sheet (CFS) shipment surge also fourth double-digit growth versus year-ago.
- Year-ago shipments of coated mechanical (CM) thumbs nose at CFS shipments with bigger surge and fifth consecutive double-digit year-ago increase.
- Increase of uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments passes 20% for second time in past three months.
AF&PA members can access the full report on the AF&PA StatMill web site:
Companies and individuals who are not members of AF&PA may subscribe to the Printing-Writing Paper Report by contacting Michelle Gaskins at AF&PA (202) 463-5162, or email: Michelle_Gaskins@AFandPA.org