AF&PA Releases June 2020 Reports

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Total Containerboard production in June increased one percent compared to June 2019. It was up five percent when compared to the same six months of 2019.

Containerboard

Total Containerboard production in June increased one percent compared to June 2019. It was up five percent when compared to the same six months of 2019.

  • June 2020 production of containerboard for export increased five percent compared to the same month last year; it was up 34 percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 90.1 percent, up 1.8 points from June 2019 and up 3.9 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of June decreased 4,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 48,000 short tons compared to June 2019.

Boxboard

Total Boxboard production in June decreased one percent compared to June 2019. It was down one percent when compared to the same six months of 2019. The boxboard operating rate was 93 percent, up 1.1 points from June 2019 and up 0.9 points year-to-date

  • Solid Bleached Boxboard production in June remained essentially flat (-0.4 percent) compared to June 2019. It was down three percent when compared to the same six months of 2019.
  • Recycled Boxboard production in June decreased five percent compared to June 2019. It was down zero percent when compared to the same six months of 2019.
  • Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum production in June increased four percent compared to June 2019. It was essentially flat (+0.4 percent) when compared to the same six months of 2019.

Packaging Papers

Total Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging shipments in June increased four percent compared to June 2019. They were up two percent when compared to the same six months of 2019.

  • The operating rate was 86.8 percent, essentially flat (-0.1 pts.) from June 2019 and down 1.2 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of June decreased 5,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 17,000 short tons compared to June 2019.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 25 percent in June compared to June 2019. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 25 percent in June compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased six percent when compared to May 2020.

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in June decreased 28 percent compared to last June while the inventory level decreased eight percent compared to May 2020. UFS imports and exports both decreased compared to May 2019, down 26 percent and 44 percent respectively.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 13 percent compared to June 2019 while the inventory level decreased two percent compared to May 2020. CFS imports increased two percent while exports decreased 42 percent in May 2020.
  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in June decreased 40 percent compared to last June while the inventory level decreased two percent compared to May 2020. CM imports and exports both decreased compared to May 2019, down 42 percent and 16 percent respectively.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 35 percent compared to June 2019 while the inventory level remained essentially flat (-0.3 percent) compared to May 2020. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to May 2019, down 16 percent and 64 percent respectively.


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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.


Source: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)