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U.S. Boxboard Production in May Climbed 7.1%

June 24, 2010 - According to the American Forest & Paper Associationís May 2010 U.S. Paperboard Report, total boxboard production increased by 7.1% compared to May 2009, and 1.6% from last month. Year-to-date production was up 4.4% compared to last year.

Unbleached Kraft Folding production rose by1.9% when compared to the same month last year, and 4.4% from April 2010. The production of year-to-date 2010 climbed 2.5% compared to last year.

Solid Bleached Folding production was up 11.3% over May 2009, and 0.9% compared to April 2010.For year-to-date, production rose 3.1% over 2009. Total Solid Bleached Packaging operated at 93.1% of capacity in May 2010, down 2.0 points from last month, and up 10.0 points from May 2009.

The production of Recycled Folding showed anincrease of 4.0% over last year, and increased slightly (0.2%) from last month. Total Recycled Paperboard operated at 90.6% of capacity, 1.2 points less than last month, but rose 9.5 points over the May 2009.

Solid Bleached Kraft Paperboardinventories increased in May to 281.7 thousand tons, 4.0% or 10.9 thousand tons higher than last month.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association




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