July 2010 United States containerboard report

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the July 2010 United States Containerboard Statistics Report.

For the ninth straight month, containerboard production rose over last year and posted the highest production amount since August 2008. Total production saw an increase of 152,200 tons or 5.5 percent over July 2009 and grew 4.5 percent compared to June 2010. The month over month average daily production also saw an increase of 1.2 percent. Year-to-date 2010 production has increased 9.8 percent over 2009. The containerboard operating rate for July 2010 rose 9.7 points over July 2009 to 98.0 percent.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Linerboard production was highest since August 2008
  • Medium production shows strong growth
  • Containerboard operating rates grow