AF&PA Releases January 2020 Reports

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Total Containerboard production in January increased four percent compared to January 2019. 

Containerboard

Total Containerboard production in January increased four percent compared to January 2019. 

  •  January 2020 production of containerboard for export increased 36 percent compared to the same month last year.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 95.1 percent, up 3.0 points from January 2019.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of January decreased 31,000 short tons from the previous month, and were up 5,000 short tons compared to January 2019. 

Boxboard

Total Boxboard production in January decreased two percent compared to January 2019. The boxboard operating rate was 94.8 percent, up 2.3 points from January 2019. 

  • Solid Bleached Boxboard production in January decreased six percent compared to January 2019.  
  • Recycled Boxboard production in January decreased two percent compared to January 2019.
  • Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum production in January increased two percent compared to January 2019.

Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in January decreased three percent compared to January 2019. 

  • The operating rate was 87.9 percent, down 2.8 points from January 2019.
  • Mill inventories at the end of January decreased 7,000 short tons from the previous month, and were down 6,000 short tons compared to January 2019.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased eight percent in January compared to January 2019. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased nine percent in January compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased three percent when compared to December 2019.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased nine percent compared to January 2019 while the inventory level increased two percent compared to December 2019. UFS imports decreased 28 percent while exports increased 41 percent in December 2019.
  • U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers in January decreased nine percent compared to last January while the inventory level increased four percent compared to December 2019. CFS imports decreased 31 percent while exports increased seven percent in December 2019.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments decreased 12 percent compared to January 2019 while the inventory level increased nine percent compared to December 2019. CM imports decreased 27 percent while exports increased 22 percent in December 2019.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers in January decreased seven percent compared to last January while the inventory level increased four percent compared to December 2019. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to December 2018, down 20 percent and three percent respectively.

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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 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 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.


Source: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

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