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U.S. Containerboard Production Fell 3.2% in December 2015

Containerboard on reel U.S. containerboard production was 3.2 percent lower in December 2015 compared to December 2014.

Jan. 15, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2015 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report which said containerboard production was 3.2 percent lower compared to December 2014. The month-over-month average daily production compared to November 2015 was 2.5 percent lower.

The containerboard operating rate for December decreased to 90.5 percent.

The 2015 overall operating rate of 95.6 percent was 0.5 percent lower than in 2014.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at or 202-463-2448.

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