Survey of paper, paperboard and pulp capacity

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its 57th Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity, reporting that U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined 1.3 per cent in 2016, in line with the long-term decline rate of 1.3 per cent per year since 2001. 

Containerboard capacity continued to expand during recent years, increasing 1.4 per cent in 2016 to a record 38.2 million tons. Containerboard accounted for 45 per cent of U.S. paper and paperboard capacity in 2016, up from 36 per cent in 2000. Tissue paper capacity has also been trending upward, expanding 0.7 per cent in 2016 to 8.7 million tons.

Survey responses indicate total paper and paperboard capacity will decrease 0.4 per cent in 2017.

The annual survey reports U.S. industry capacity data for 2016 and 2017 for all major grades of paper, paperboard and pulp, as well as fiber consumption, based on a comprehensive survey of all U.S. pulp and paper mills. Survey data includes responses from companies representing more than 88 per cent of U.S. paper and paperboard industry capacity, with estimates completing the data set.

The complete survey with detailed tables is available for $2,130. Please contact Kory Bockman at[email protected]

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