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U.S. Containerboard Production in February Down Three Percent

WestRock containerboard The containerboard operating rate was 94.1 percent, or 3.1 percentage points lower than the same month last year.

March 16, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association today released its February 2018 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report.

Containerboard production was down 3.0 percent compared to February 2017 and down 1.1 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to January 2018 was 3.2 percent lower.

The containerboard operating rate was 94.1 percent, or 3.1 percentage points lower than the same month last year.

Production for exports was 6.0 percent lower than February 2017 and 8.4 percent lower year-to-date.

The report can be purchased by contacting Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: AF&PA