Total U.S. kraft paper shipments in April up 0.8% year-over-year to 134,700 tons; total inventory at 72,300 tons: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , May 18, 2012 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2012 Kraft Paper Sector Report yesterday. Total Kraft paper shipments were 134.7 thousand tons, an increase of 0.8% compared to April 2011. Total inventory for April was 72.3 thousand tons. Total Bleached Kraft shipments were up over last April.

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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