PaperAge Magazine

U.S. Containerboard Production in July Down Slightly

Containerboard on reel U.S. containerboard production in July 2016 was 0.7 percent lower compared to July 2015.

August 19, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its July 2016 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report, which said containerboard production was 0.7 percent lower compared to July 2015. The month-over-month average daily production compared to June 2016 was 0.3 percent higher.

The containerboard operating rate for July decreased to 93.9 percent, while the year-to-date operating rate of 94.4 percent was 1.7 percentage points lower compared to year-to-date 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.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.