U.S. Containerbaord Production Dipped in September, Kraft Paper Shipments Down 2.2 Perecent

Oct. 17, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its September 2012 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which said containerboard production fell 4.8 percent over August 2012 and 2.2 percent compared to same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production decreased 1.6 percent.

The containerboard operating rate for September 2012 lost 1.5 points over August 2012, decreasing from 97.5 percent to 96 percent, AF&PA said.

KRAFT PAPER

Total U.S. Kraft paper shipments were approximately 130,100 tons, a decrease of 2.2 percent compared to the prior month, according to AF&A's September 2012 Kraft Paper Sector Report. Total inventory was approximately 77,900 tons in September.

Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased, but bleached Kraft shipments increased year over year for the eighth month in 2012.

The 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: AF&PA