U.S. Containerboard Production Down in February

March 22, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2013 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which said containerboard production fell 10.2 percent over January 2012 and 1.7 percent over the same month last year.

However, the month-over-month average daily production of containerboard decreased just 0.5 percent.

The containerboard operating rate for February 2013 lost 0.5 points over January 2012, from 97.1 percent to 96.6 percent.

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