U.S. Containerboard Production Up Modestly in December 2012

Jan. 22, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association's December 2012 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report said that containerboard production grew 1.5 percent over November 2012 and 2.3 percent over the same month last year. However, the month-over-month average daily production decreased 1.8 percent.

The containerboard operating rate for December 2012 lost 1.7 points over November 2012, from 96.9 percent to 95.2 percent.

The complete survey with detailed tables can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon (Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448).

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: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)