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U.S. Containerboard Production Up 0.7 Percent in April

WestRock containerboard The U.S. containerboard operating rate was 98.3 percent, 2.5 percentage points higher than the same month last year.

May 17, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2018 U.S. Containerboard Report. According to the report, containerboard production was up 0.7 percent compared to April 2017 and up 0.7 percent year-to-date.

The month-over-month average daily production compared to March 2018 was 0.5 percent lower.

The containerboard operating rate was 98.3 percent, 2.5 percentage points higher than the same month last year.

Production for exports was 3.0 percent lower than April 2017 and 5.8 percent lower year-to-date.

The report can be purchased by contacting Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: AF&PA