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U.S. Containerboard Production Up 4.2 Percent in July 2018

WestRock containerboard The containerboard operating rate in July was 99.4 percent, 2.5 percentage points higher than the same month last year.

Aug. 15, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its July 2018 Containerboard Monthly report. According to the report, containerboard production was up 4.2 percent compared to July 2017 and up 1.5 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to June 2018 was 3.8 percent higher.

The containerboard operating rate was 99.4 percent, 2.5 percentage points higher than the same month last year.

Production for export reached its highest level for 2018 so far; it was 2.0 percent higher than July 2017 but 2.7 percent lower year-to-date.

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