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U.S. Containerboard Production Increases

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For the eleventh straight month, U.S. containerboard production rose over the same month a year ago, according to AF&PA's (Washington, D.C., USA) September 2010 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report released this week. Total production increased 189,500 tons or 7.0% compared with September 2009. Production fell 3.3% over August 2010, but the month-over-month average daily production was flat. Year-to-date 2010 production has increased 9.2% over 2009.The containerboard operating rate for September 2010 rose 10.7 points over September 2009 to 98.7%. Additional key findings from the report include:
  • Linerboard production rose over the same month last year
  • Medium production showed growth over the same month last year.