AF&PA paper reports
The American Forest & Paper Association released its August 2012 U. S. paper reports.
Containerboard production rose 2.2 percent over July 2012 and was flat when compared to the same month last year. The month over month average daily production increased 2.2 percent. The containerboard operating rate for August 2012 gained 2.1 points over July 2012, from 95.4 percent to 97.5 percent.
Total boxboard production decreased by 0.8 percent compared to August 2011 but increased 2.2 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month last year and decreased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased compared to August 2011 and increased compared to last month.
According to the report, total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in August was 2.56 million tons, 6 percent higher than July 2012. Year-to-date total consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower than during the same period last year.
U.S. exports of recovered paper, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, increased 5 percent in July compared to June, led by a 14 percent increase in Mixed Papers exports.
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 5 percent in August compared to August 2011. All four major printing-writing grades posted single-digit decreases compared to last August. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 5 percent from last month. Additional key findings include:
- Shipments of coated free sheet papers decreased year-over-year, but August shipments reached the highest level since October 2011.
Shipments of uncoated free sheet papers down year-over-year, the sixth consecutive single-digit year-over-year decrease.
- Uncoated mechanical paper inventories dropped sharply.
- Inventory of coated mechanical papers also dropped and hit the lowest point since December 2007.
Total Kraft paper shipments were 133,000 tons, a decrease of 3.6 percent compared to the prior month. Total inventory was 77,800 tons this month. Both unbleached and bleached Kraft shipments decreased year over year.