U.S. paper, paperboard capacity fell 3.1% year-over-year in 2010 to 91.1 million tons, as compared to 2.5% decline in 2009; 22 machines, 12 mills classified as permanently closed: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , March 31, 2011 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released the 51st Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity, which reported that U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined 3.1% in 2010 to a level of 91.05 million short tons.  Total paper and paperboard capacity previously declined 0.8% in 2008 and 2.5% in 2009.
In addition, the survey reported that a total of 22 machines and 12 mills were classified as permanently closed and removed from the Survey base during 2010.  Seven additional machines and two mills are slated to permanently close during 2011.
According to the Survey, total paper and paperboard capacity is expected to contract by 1.4% in 2011 and then record small gains of 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2012 and 2013
The Survey reports U.S. industry capacity for data for the years 2010 through 2013 for all major grades of paper, paperboard, and pulp, based on a comprehensive survey of all U.S. pulp and paper mills.  Survey respondents represent about 90% of the U.S industry capacity.
The complete Survey with detailed tables can be purchased for $1,730 by contacting Dina Menton at dina_menton@afandpa.org or 202.463.2710.
The American Forest & Paper Association 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 $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries.  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.

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