Washington, D.C. – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the August 2019 Containerboard Monthly report on September 17.
Containerboard production in August 2019 decreased 2.4 percent compared to August 2018 and was down 4.9 percent year-to-date. The average daily production compared to July 2019 was 3.2 percent higher.
The containerboard operating rate increased from 89.9 percent in July to 92.8 percent – the highest rate so far this year. The total linerboard rate increased to 91.6 percent, going above 90 percent for only the third time this year. Nevertheless, the August total operating rate was 4.6 points lower than the same month last year, and the year-to-date operating rate was down 6.3 points. Production for export, most of which is linerboard, was down 12.2 percent month-over-month and was down 17.7 percent year-to-date.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-4716.