Increase in Shipments of Coated Printing-Writing Paper Reverses Trend

WASHINGTON, DC—June 21, 2012—According to the American Forest & Paper Assn.’s May 2012 “Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments increased 1 percent in May compared to May 2011. Shipments for the two coated printing-writing grades posted year-over-year increases compared to last May while shipments for the two uncoated grades declined.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 1percent in May. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels also changed by 1 percent, decreasing compared to last month.

Additional key findings include:

  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers increased the most among the four printing-writing grades year-over-year. The increase is the largest since September 2010.
  • Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) papers also increased the largest year-over-year since September 2010.
  • Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers decreased year-over-year by less than one percent.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments continue to decline year-over-year following on the heels of 15 consecutive year-over-year increases from January 2010 through March 2011; average growth during those 15 months was 17 percent.

AF&PA members can access the full report on the AF&PA StatMill website.

To purchase the complete report with detailed tables, please contact Dina Menton ( or 202-463-2710).

About AF&PA
The American Forest & Paper Assn. is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $190 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries.

Source: AF&PA.