U.S. Containerboard Production Flat in January, Kraft Paper Shipments Down

Feb. 23, 2012 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association's (AF&PA) January 2012 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report, containerboard production in January 2012 was flat, losing less than one percent over the same month last year. The production was up, gaining 1.5% compared to December 2011. Since both December 2011 and January 2012 have 31 days, the month-over-month average daily production had a similar increase of 1.5%.

The containerboard operating rate for January 2012 also gained 1.5 points over December 2011, increasing from 93.6% to 95.1%.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Linerboard production fell slightly 0.9%
  • Medium production was flat (0.5%) over January 2011

KRAFT PAPER

AF&PA's January 2012 Kraft Paper Sector Report showed total Kraft paper shipments were 118.7 thousand tons, a decrease of 14.2% compared to January 2011. Total inventory was 83.3 thousand tons this month.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased compared to January 2011.
  • Total Bleached Kraft shipments in January stayed constant compared to last January, but increased from December 2011.

PAPERBOARD

AF&PA's January 2012 U.S. Paperboard Report said that total boxboard production decreased by 4.3% compared to January 2011, but increased 8.5% from last month.

In addition:

  • Unbleached Kraft Folding production increased over the same month last year, and increased compared to last month.
  • Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to January 2011, but increased compared to last month.
  • The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to January 2011, but increased when compared to last month.
  • Inventory of Solid Bleached Kraft Paperboard decreased over a year ago.

SOURCE: AF&PA