AF&PA: Paper news roundup

AF&PA: Paper news roundup

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

According to recently-released figures from the American Forest & Paper Association, total production and shipment figures were a mixed bag for boxboard, containerboard, Kraft paper, printed-writing paper and recovered paper in September 2012.

Total boxboard production dropped by 2.1 percent compared to September 2011 and fell 6.9 percent from August 2012. Unbleached Kraft boxboard production increased over the same month last year but decreased compared to last month. Total solid bleached boxboard and liner production decreased year-over-year (YOY) and decreased compared to last month. Too, the production of recycled boxboard increased compared YOY but decreased when compared to last month.

Containerboard production fell 4.8 percent from August 2012 and 2.2 percent compared to same month last year. The average daily production month-over-month also decreased, by 1.6 percent. The containerboard operating rate for September 2012 lost 1.5 percentage points over the month previous, decreasing from 97.5 percent to 96 percent.

Total Kraft paper shipments were approximately 130,100 tons, a dip of 2.2 percent compared to the prior month. Total inventory was approximately 77,900 tons in September. Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased, but bleached Kraft shipments increased YOY for the eighth month in 2012.

Printing-writing paper shipments dropped 7 percent in September, YOY. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to the previous period. The decrease in shipments followed the drop in U.S. purchases of printing-writing papers by 10 percent compared to September 2011.

Total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in September was 2.36 million tons, an 8 percent dip from August 2012. Year-to-date (YTD) consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower YOY. U.S. exports of recovered paper, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, decreased 4 percent in August compared to July, led by a drop in mixed papers exports which fell after a strong July. YTD exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 6.5 percent lower than during the same period in 2011.

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