U.S Kraft Paper Shipments Increased in May

June 16, 2011 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its May 2011 [U.S.] Kraft Paper Sector Report, which showed total Kraft paper shipments were 131.8 thousand tons, an increase of 0.2% compared to May 2010, but up 1.5% when compared to April 2011. Total inventory was 72.6 thousand tons.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased over same month last year.
  • Total Bleached Kraft shipments were up compared to 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.