March 2010 containerboard report
For the fifth straight month, containerboard
paper production has risen sharply when compared to last year.
Current total production saw an increase of 379,100 tons or 15.6
percent over March 2009.
Although, total production amounts also increased compared to
February 2010, average daily production was down slightly due
to the number of days in March. Year-to-date 2010 production
has increased 13.2 percent over 2009. The containerboard operating
rate for March 2010 rose 16.3 points over March 2009 to 93.6
percent. The capacity figures for the March release are based
on AF&PA’s 50th Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp
Capacity released in March 2010.
Additional key findings from the report include:
- Linerboard production posts a large increase over same
month last year.
- Medium production follows the trend and increase over March
- Operating rates also reflected the year over year increase.