U.S. Containerboard Production Flat in August

Sept. 16, 2011 - The American Forest & Paper Association today released its August 2011 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which said production was flat when compared to July 2011, as was the month-over-month average daily production, down just 0.3%.

The containerboard operating rate for August 2011 was down 2.0 points over August 2010 to 97.5%, and 0.3 points from July’s operating rate.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Linerboard production was down over last year
  • Medium production showed slight decline from July 2011

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: American Forest & Paper Association