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U.S. Containerboard Production Rose 1.5 Percent in May 2018

WestRock containerboard he containerboard operating rate in May 2018 was 98.5 percent, 1.4 percentage points higher than the same month last year.

June 18, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2018 U.S. Containerboard Report. According to the report, containerboard production was up 1.5 percent compared to May 2017 and up 0.8 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to April 2018 was 1.5 percent higher.

The containerboard operating rate was 98.5 percent, 1.4 percentage points higher than the same month last year.

Production for export was 3.6 percent lower than May 2017 and 5.4 percent lower year-to-date.

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