U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Up in July, Paperboard Production Down

Aug. 21, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its July 2012 U.S. Kraft Paper Sector Report, which showed total Kraft paper shipments were 138,000 tons, an increase of 3 percent compared to June 2012.

Total inventory was 78,700 tons this month.

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In July 2012, total U.S. boxboard production decreased by 4.1 percent compared to July 2011 and decreased 0.4 percent from last month.

Unbleached Kraft Folding production decreased over the same month last year but increased compared to last month.

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

The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to July 2011 but increased when compared to last month.

Complete reports 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 47 states.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)