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AF&PA Releases November 2018 Reports

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  • AF&PA Releases November 2018 Reports

    Reports from the American Forest & Paper Association for Containerboard, Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging and Boxboard have been published.

    Production was up 3.2% YOY and up 1.9% YTD. The operating rate was 96.0%, or 1.4% points lower YOY. Exports increased 5.2% and were up 0.9% YTD.

    Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging
    Packaging Papers shipments were essentially flat YOY, and were up 2.8% YTD.
    • Bag & Sack shipments were up 5.3% YTD,
    • Multiwall shipments were up 0.3%,
    • Converting shipments were up 1.0%,
    • Food Wrapping shipments were up 2.5%,
    • The operating rate dropped to 89.5% compared to 95.6% the previous month,
    • Inventories increased 7.1% compared to the previous month, but were 1.7% lower YOY.

    Boxboard monthly production decreased 0.8% YOY, but increased 1.2% from the previous month.
    • Total boxboard operating rate was 96.3% for November,
    • Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production was up 2.2% YTD,
    • Recycled Boxboard production declined 2.2% YTD,
    • Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum rose 2.1% YTD.
    Complete reports with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting
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