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Packaging: production, demand drops


November 4, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

In September, North American containerboard production declined by 175,000 tonnes, or 6.1%, compared to Sept. 2002.

In September, North American containerboard production declined by 175,000 tonnes, or 6.1%, compared to Sept. 2002.
The Pulp and Paper Products Council said during this period, mills operated at 89% of their capacity compared to 94% a year ago.
Demand dropped 6.5% from same month last year.
Inventories held at North American mills and box plants totaled 2.6 million tonnes at the end of September, a reduction of 20,000 tonnes over the previous month.
Kraft paper production was lower than 2002 levels, down 4.1% for the month and 13.1% year-to-date. Mills operated at 87% capacity, down from 96% last year.
Shipments were down 10% in September, year-over-year.
Demand was down 7.4% from 2002. Inventories increased by 3,000 tonnes in September compared to August.

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