AF&PA Releases September 2019 Reports

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Containerboard

Total Containerboard production in September decreased four percent compared to September 2018. It was down five percent when compared to the same nine months of 2018.

  • September 2019 production of containerboard for export decreased 20 percent compared to the same month last year; it was down 18 percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 93.0 percent, down 4.0 points from September 2018 and down 6.1 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of September decreased 22,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 27,000 short tons compared to September 2018.

Boxboard

Total Boxboard production in September decreased three percent compared to September 2018. It was down one percent when compared to the same nine months of 2018. The boxboard operating rate was 91.1 percent, down 2.2 points from September 2018 and down 1.3 points year-to-date.

  • Solid Bleached Boxboard production in September decreased seven percent compared to September 2018. It was down one percent when compared to the same nine months of 2018.
  • Recycled Boxboard production in September decreased one percent compared to September 2018. It was down one percent when compared to the same nine months of 2018.
  • Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum production in September remained essentially flat (-0.4%) compared to September 2018. It was down 0 percent when compared to the same nine months of 2018.

Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in September decreased ten percent compared to September 2018. They were down six percent when compared to the same nine months of 2018.

  •  The operating rate was 84.0 percent, down 10.5 points from September 2018 and down 5.6 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of September decreased 3,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 2,000 short tons compared to September 2018.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased seven percent in September compared to September 2018. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased five percent in September compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained essentially flat (-0.5%) when compared to August 2019.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased four percent compared to September 2018 while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to August 2019. UFS imports increased five percent while exports decreased three percent in August 2019.
  • U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers in September decreased eight percent compared to last September while the inventory level decreased four percent compared to August 2019. CFS imports and exports both decreased compared to August 2018, down eight percent and ten percent respectively.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments decreased five percent compared to September 2018 while the inventory level increased eight percent compared to August 2019. CM imports and exports both decreased compared to August 2018, down 23 percent and 17 percent respectively.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers in September decreased 11 percent compared to last September while the inventory level increased 15 percent compared to August 2019. UM imports decreased 21 percent while exports increased two percent in August 2019.

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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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