U.S. Containerboard Production Increased in February

March 15, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its February 2012 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which showed containerboard production gained 6.0% over February 2011. Compared to January 2012, production was down 5.5%. However, the month over month average daily production increased of 1.1%.

The containerboard operating rate for February 2012 gained 1.0 point over January 2012, increasing from 95.2% to 96.2%.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Linerboard production was up 6.5%
  • Medium production also saw an increase

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 $175 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.