U.S. Containerboard Production Flat in December

Jan. 17, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2011 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report today. Containerboard production was flat, gaining only 0.8% over same month last year. The production was also flat when compared to November 2011, increasing 0.2%, however, the month over month average daily production decreased 3.0%.

The containerboard operating rate for December 2011 was up slightly from December 2010 to 93.6% from 93.1%.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Linerboard production slight increase compared to last year.
  • Medium production rose over same month last year.

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.