American Forest & Paper Association Releases November U.S. Containerboard, Kraft Paper Reports
WASHINGTON, DC—December 18, 2014—The American Forest & Paper Association released its November 2014 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report on Dec. 16.
Containerboard production was 4.8 percent lower compared to October 2014, 5.9 percent higher than November of last year and 1.4 percent higher year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production was 1.6 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate for November dropped to 94.3 percent from October’s 96.9 percent.
The American Forest & Paper Association also released its November 2014 Kraft Paper Report on Dec. 16. Total Kraft paper shipments were 115.5 thousand tons, 7.7 percent lower than last month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments remained essentially flat compared to October at 8.6 thousand tons, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments decreased from 116.5 thousand tons to 106.8. Overall, year-to-date shipments in 2014 are 2.8 percent lower than the same period last year. Total month-end inventories increased to 71.5 thousands short tons in November.
About the American Forest & Paper Association
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.