U.S. kraft paper shipments in August down 5.4% year-over-year to 139,700 tons; total inventory at 71,000 tons: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , September 16, 2011 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its August 2011 Kraft Paper Sector Report today. Total Kraft paper shipments were 139.7 thousand tons, an decrease of 5.4% compared to August 2010. Total inventory was 71.9 thousand tons.

Additional key findings from the report include:

Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased compared to August 2010, however year-to-date shipments were up compared to the same eight months last year.

Total Bleached Kraft shipments were up compared to the same month last year for the fifth consecutive month.

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 48 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org.

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