Total US containerboard production in December up 4% month-over-month but down 2.7% year-over-year; operating rate in December increased to 91.4% from 90.7% in November: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , January 16, 2014 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2013 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report today.

Containerboard production increased 4 percent over November 2013 and was 2.7 percent lower compared to the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production increased 0.7 percent. The containerboard operating rate for December 2013 increased 0.7 points from November 2013, from 90.7 percent to 91.4 percent.

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