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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its August 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report on September 17.
Total Packaging Papers shipments were up 7.1 percent compared to August 2017 and up 2.1 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were up 3.4 percent year-to-date; Multiwall shipments were flat; Converting shipments were up 1 percent; and Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.0 percent. The operating rate for August increased to its highest level for the year, up from 95.8 percent in July to 98.8 percent. Inventories dropped 6.1 percent since July.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org.
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually and employs more than 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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.