American Forest & Paper Association releases April 2017 Containerboard Report

On May 16, The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its April 2017 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report, including audited data for 2016 and 2017 based on the results of AF&PA’s 57th Annual Capacity Survey issued this month.

The report showed that containerboard production was 4.8% higher compared to April of 2016. The month-over-month average daily production compared to March 2017 was 2.7% higher. The containerboard operating rate for April increased from 96.7% to 97.1%, which was 1.9% higher compared to April of last year. The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.