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American Forest & Paper Association Releases May 2017 Containerboard Report

Containerboard

Containerboard production was 3.4 percent higher compared to May 2016. The month-over-month average daily production compared to April 2017 was 0.7 percent higher. The containerboard operating rate for May increased from 97.1 percent to 99.3 percent, which was 4.2 percent higher compared to May of last year.

Boxboard

Total boxboard production decreased 2.9 percent when compared to May 2016, and decreased 0.3 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month as last year and increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased when compared to May 2016, and decreased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to May 2016, but increased when compared to last month.

Printing-Writing

According to the May 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report released on June 21, 2017, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased two percent in May compared to May 2016. The uncoated printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines in May, while the coated grades either increased or remained level. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 1% from April 2017.

  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers were the bright spot in May compared to last year, increasing 2%; the third year-over-year increase in the last 12 months. U.S. imports of CFS papers increased 3% year-over-year in April while exports of CFS papers decreased 1% year-over-year in April.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments were flat year-over-year in May; increasing by less than one percent, making it the third year-over-year increase in the past 12 months. Imports of CM decreased in April, down 14% compared to April 2016 and exports of CM were down 22% in April.
  • May uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments declined by 2%, the lowest year-over-year decrease in the past 12 months. Imports of UFS increased by less than one-half of one percent year-over-year in April while exports of UFS papers increased 1% year-over-year in April.
  • Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 12% year-over-year in May for the eleventh consecutive month. Imports of UM decreased 11% year-over-year in April while exports of UM increased 10% in April.

 The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-463-4716.


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 about $210 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 www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

 Source: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

 

 

 
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