U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Up in April, Boxboard Production Down

May, 21, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association's April 2012 Kraft Paper Sector Report said that total Kraft paper shipments were 134.7 thousand tons — an increase of 0.8% compared to April 2011. Total inventory for April was 72.3 thousand tons.

Total Bleached Kraft shipments were up over last April.

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AF&PA's April 2012 U.S. Paperboard Report said that total boxboard production decreased by 2.4% compared to April 2011 and decreased 0.9% from last month.

Unbleached Kraft Folding production in April increased over the same month last year and increased compared to last month.

Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to April 2011 and decreased compared to last month.

The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to April 2011 and decreased when compared to last month.

The complete report with detailed tables can be purchased by contacting Dina Menton (dina_menton@afandpa.org or 202-463-2710).

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.

SOURCE: AF&PA