U.S. Containerboard Production in May Up Slightly over April

June 15, 2011 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its May 2011 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which showed that containerboard production rose when compared to April 2011, with month-over-month average daily production up 0.3%.

According to the report, the containerboard operating rate for May 2011 was down 1.5 points over May 2010, to 93.8%.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Linerboard production decreases over last year.
  • Medium production rose slightly over May 2010.

The American Forest & Paper Association (www.afandpa.org) is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 48 states.