AF&PA releases annual survey
Washington, DC— The American
Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its 45th Annual
Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity in New York City.
The Survey indicates that U.S. paper and paperboard capacity stabilized
in 2004, after three consecutive years of decline. It also suggests
the industry’s capacity to produce paper and paperboard
will expand over the next three years (2005-07), although at very
subdued rates averaging just 0.3% a year. Capacity growth, by
comparison, averaged 2.2% a year during the 1990s.
The Survey covers U.S. industry
capacity plans for the years 2005 through 2007 for all pulp, paper
and paperboard grades. Industry total capacity by grades for all
U.S. mills are included in the report.
AF&PA’s 45th Annual
Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity provides detailed
capacity information for the following grades of paper, paperboard
and pulp: paper, printing-writing, coated free sheet, uncoated
free sheet, uncoated mechanical, coated mechanical, unbleached
kraft, bleached kraft, tissue, newsprint, paperboard, linerboard,
corrugating medium, bleached board, recycled paperboard, recycled
folding boxboard, unbleached kraft folding boxboard, pulp, market
wood pulp, pulp for paper and board.