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WASHINGTON, D.C, USA, Oct 18, 2011 – The American Forest & Paper Association released its September 2011 U. S. Containerboard Statistics Report today. Containerboard production decreased 2.3% when compared to August 2011, however, the month over month average daily production, was up 1.0%. The containerboard operating rate for September 2011 was down slightly from September 2010 to 98.4% but up 1.0 points from the August operating rate.

Additional key findings from the report include:

· Linerboard production was flat compared to last year.

· Medium production was consistent with September 2010.

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 48 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org.
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