Recycled Board Production Continues Slump

November 19, 2001

The production of recycled paperboard continues to soften along with the total forest products industry. Production of the grade during September stands at 1.320 million tons, bringing the nine-month total to 11.78 million tons, a 1.6 percent drop from figures the same time last year.

While production dipped slightly, total paperboard production dropped a much sharper 5.1 percent from figures the same time last year.

Broken out by individual commodity groups, recycled linerboard production dipped by 1.5 percent between last year and this year. For this year, the annual rate, year to date stands at 3.801 million tons.

The drop in recycled linerboard production is far less than total linerboard production, which declined by a much sharper 4.8 percent between last year and this year.

Recycled corrugated medium was the big gainer for the year. For this year recycled medium actually increased, with this year’s YTD figure up 2.5 percent compared to figures the same time last year.

While recycled medium increased, total corrugated medium decreased by 3.9 percent between last year and this year.

Recycled boxboard production, the last component in the recycled paperboard industry, posted a sharp drop between last year and this year. For 2001 production of this grade dipped by 5.3 percent, with this year’s year-to-date figure standing at 2.643 million tons, compared to last year’s production total of 2.767 million tons.

During the same time total boxboard production declined by 3.7 percent.