Containerboard production in May decreased 6 percent compared with May 2018 and was down 4.5 percent year to date, according to Washington-based American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA’s latest Containerboard Monthly report. The average daily production compared with April was 0.9 percent higher. The containerboard operating rate increased slightly from 91.5 percent in April to 91.9 percent, as the total linerboard rate rose above 90 percent for the first time since January.
In spite of the bounce back in the last couple of months, the May operating rate was 6.7 points lower than the same month last year and the year-to-date operating rate was down 6 points compared with last year, AF&PA reports. Production for export, most of which is liner, was down nearly 18 percent year-over-year and nearly 20 percent year to date.