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Association elects officers; reports paper statistics

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) elected Graphic Packaging president and chief executive officer David Scheible as the new AF&PA board chairman, along with the 2013 slate of board officers.

Scheible has served as Graphic Packaging’s president and chief executive officer since 2007. Since being elected to AF&PA’s board of directors, he has served in various leadership roles, including as chairman of chief executive officer Task Force on Biomass and the Recycled Paperboard sector.

Scheible holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration in Finance, both from Purdue University.

Also elected to officer positions by the AF&PA board are: first vice chairman – John Williams, president and chief executive officer of Domtar and second vice chairman – Mark Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America. Alexander Toeldte, president and chief executive officer of Boise Inc., will serve as the immediate past chairman.

Beginning terms as members of the AF&PA board of directors in 2013 are: John Crowe, Buckeye Technologies Inc.; Ray Dillon, Deltic Timber Corporation; Mike Fiterman, Liberty Diversified International; James Morgan, Interstate Resources, Inc.; and Mark Staton, PaperWorks Industries Inc.

In one of the board’s first actions of 2013, the group launched its advocacy on AF&PA’s key policy initiatives for the year. These include a focus on sustainability, air and greenhouse gas regulations, carbon neutrality of biomass, recycling, access to paper-based communications, U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, products fees, postal service reforms, and other policies affecting manufacturing.

AF&PA released its January 2013 U.S. paper reports:


Containerboard production rose 1.7 percent over December 2012 and 3.5 percent over the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production increased 1.7 percent. The containerboard operating rate for January 2013 gained 1.3 points over December 2012, from 95.8 percent to 97.1 percent.


Total boxboard production increased by 0.9 percent compared to January 2012 and increased 1.7 percent from the previous month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month last year and increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to January 2012. The production of Recycled Boxboard increased compared to January 2012.

Printing-writing paper

According to the printing-writing paper report, total printing-writing paper shipments were down 3 percent from January 2012.

Additional key findings:

  • January shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers increased in 5 percent compared to January 2012, the third year-over-year increase in the past four months.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers shipments of 766,300 tons in January were 3 percent below the same period last year.
  • January uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 10 percent when compared to January 2012.
  • January shipments of coated mechanical (CM) decreased 9 percent compared to January 2012 to 255,900 tons.

Kraft Paper

Total Kraft paper shipments were 140.5 thousand tons, an increase of 19 percent compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 17 percent, and unbleached Kraft paper shipments increased 7 percent year-over-year. As a result, total Kraft paper shipments begin the year 9 percent higher than 2012.

Total month-end inventory decreased 14 percent to 73.5 thousand tons this month compared to December 2012 month-end inventories.