U.S. containerboard production in August flat year-over-year; average daily production up 2.2% month-over-month, containerboard operating rate gains 2.1 percentage points to 97.5% over July: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , September 24, 2012 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its August 2012 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report last week.

Containerboard production rose 2.2 percent over July 2012 and was flat when compared to the same month last year. The month over month average daily production increased 2.2 percent. The containerboard operating rate for August 2012 gained 2.1 points over July 2012, from 95.4 percent to 97.5 percent.

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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