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U.S. Containerboard Production Down 2.6% in April 2016

Containerboard on reel U.S. containerboard production in April 2016 was 2.6 percent lower compared to April 2015.

May 17, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2016 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which features audited 2015 and Q1 2016 data based on results from the 56th AF&PA Capacity Survey. According to the Containerboard Statistics Report, containerboard production was 2.6 percent lower compared to April 2015. The month-over-month average daily production compared to March 2016 was 1.9 percent higher.

The containerboard operating rate for April increased from 93 percent to 94.3 percent and the year-to-date operating rate of 94 percent was 1.6 percentage points lower compared to the same period in 2015.

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

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

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