U.S. Containerboard Production in March Up 2.5%

April 17, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association said in its March 2012 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report that containerboard production gained 2.5% over the same month in 2011. Production in March was up, gaining 7.7% compared to February 2012, however, the month over month average daily production increased just 0.7%.

The containerboard operating rate for March gained 0.7 points over February, increasing from 95.0% to 95.7%.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Linerboard production was up 2.3% over last year
  • Medium production also saw an increase

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 $190 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.