U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down 3% in July

Aug. 27, 2012 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association's July 2012 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 3 percent compared to July 2011.

Shipments of coated mechanical papers posted the only year-over-year increase among the four major grades.

U.S. purchases (demand) of printing-writing papers also decreased by 4 percent in July.

Additional key findings include:

  • Shipments of coated mechanical papers increased compared to July 2011 the third such year-over-year increase in 2012.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet papers reached a new high for the year but still decreased slightly year-over-year.
  • Shipments of uncoated free sheet papers were down year-over-year, the fifth consecutive year-over-year decrease.
  • Uncoated mechanical paper shipments continue the downward trend with sixteen consecutive month year-over-year decreases.

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 47 states.