U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Up Slightly in July, Boxboard Production Dips

Aug. 17, 2011 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its July 2011 Kraft Paper Sector Report which showed total Kraft paper shipments were 132.5 thousand tons, an increase of 0.1% compared to July 2010. Total inventory was 69.3 thousand tons.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased compared to July 2010, however year-to-date shipments were up compared to the same seven months last year
  • Total Bleached Kraft shipments were up compared to the same month last year

BOXBOARD

AF&PA's July 2011 U.S. Paperboard Report said that total boxboard production decreased by 1.3% compared to July 2010, but increased 1.5% from June's figures.

In addition:

  • Unbleached Kraft Folding production decreased over the same month last year, but increased from last month
  • Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to July 2010, but increased from last month
  • The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to July 2010, but increased when compared to last month
  • Inventory of Solid Bleached Kraft Paperboard increased in June

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.

SOURCE: AF&PA