Paper and Packaging

January 2004
U.S. Industry Quarterly Review: Paper & Packaging;2004 1st Quarter, p57
Industry Profile
Industry Overview
The article focuses on the U.S. paper and packaging industry. Total paper production for 2003 was almost 3.0% from year-earlier levels. Inventories also decreased, and operating rates stayed below 90%. As a result, sales for the top six major paper producers were basically unchanged from year-earlier levels. Manufacturing has truly become global. The U.S. paper and packaging industry, like metals, chemicals, and motor vehicles, is feeling intense competition from abroad even though the U.S. dollar has weakened. Manufacturing on a global basis provides a competitive advantage from a cost standpoint, but also from a marketing perspective.


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