Pulp and Paper Canada

News – 01-JUL-04

July 1, 2004  By Pulp & Paper Canada



MONTREAL, QC –The month of April was a mixed bag for the North American packaging industry, according to statistics released by the Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC). While containerboard showed an improvement of 1.4% in production, boxboard production declined 1.6% compared to April of last year.


During the month North American mills operated at 94% of their capacity, up from 92% a year ago. Inventories held at North American mills and box plants totaled 2.3 million tonnes at the end of April, a decrease of 66,000 tonnes from the previous month.

The month of April also witnessed a decline in demand for North American boxboard, however, boxboard mills operated at 90% capacity, a one-point increase from 89% recorded in April 2003.

While kraft paper demand increased, production levels were lower than their 2003 counterpart, down 5.5%. Kraft paper producers shipped at 92% of their capacity in April, a substantial increase from last April’s 83%.

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