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AF&PA paper reports posted

The American Forest & Paper Association released its May 2012 U. S. paper reports.


Containerboard production rose 1.3 percent over the same month last year and 7.2 percent compared to April 2012. The month-over-month average daily production also reflect an increase of 3.7 percent. The containerboard operating rate for May 2012 gained 3.7 points over April 2012, from 91 percent to 94.7 percent.


Total boxboard production decreased by 0.3 percent compared to May 2011 but increased 2.8 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Folding production increased over the same month last year and increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased compared to April 2011 and increased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to April 2011 but increased when compared to last month.

Recovered Fiber

According to the report, total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in May was 2.54 million tons, 3 percent higher than April 2012. Year-to-date consumption in 2012 is 3 percent lower than during the same period last year.

Printing-writing paper

Total printing-writing paper shipments increased one percent in May compared to May 2011. Shipments for the two coated printing-writing grades posted year-over-year increases compared to last May while shipments for the two uncoated grades declined. U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased one percent in May. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels also changed by one percent, decreasing compared to last month.

Additional key findings include:

  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers increased the most among the four printing-writing grades year-over-year. The increase is the largest since September 2010.
  • Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) papers also increased the largest year-over-year since September 2010.
  • Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers decreased year-over-year by less than one percent.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments continue to decline year-over-year following on the heels of 15 consecutive year-over-year increases from January 2010 through March 2011; average growth during those 15 months was 17 percent.