U.S. Containerboard Production Down in April

May 21, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2012 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which showed containerboard production decreased 1.9% over the same month last year. Production was down 8% compared to March 2012, and the month over month average daily production decreased 5%.

The containerboard operating rate for April 2012 fell over March 2012 from 95.7% to 91%.

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 48 states.