US containerboard production in April up 4.2% year-over-year, down 1.5% month-over-month; operating rate up 1.5 points from March to 94.3%: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , May 16, 2013 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2013 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report today. 

Containerboard production dropped 1.5 percent over March 2013 but rose 4.2 percent over the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production increased 1.8 percent. The containerboard operating rate for April 2013 gained 1.5 points from March 2013, from 92.8 percent to 94.3 percent.

The complete survey with detailed tables can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. 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 or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

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