U.S. containerboard production in February up 6% year-over-year but falls 5.5% month-over-month; daily production up 1.1% over January: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , March 15, 2012 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its February 2012 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report today. Containerboard production gained 6.0% over the same month last year. Production was down, losing 5.5% compared to January 2012, however, the month over month average daily production increased of 1.1%. The containerboard operating rate for February 2012 gained 1.0 point over January 2012, increasing from 95.2% to 96.2%.

Additional key findings from the report include:

· Linerboard production was up 6.5%

· Medium production also saw an increase

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 $190 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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