PPC Reports Folding Carton Shipments Show Sustained Growth in 2004

PRESS RELEASE

ALEXANDRIA, VA—According to the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), December was a strong month for folding carton shipments, which increased 4.3 percent by value and 2.8 percent by volume year-over year. For the full year 2004, folding carton shipments grew 4.4 percent by value, and 4.3 percent by volume. Based on projections, the folding carton market reached $9 billion in 2004. Measured by volume the market grew to 5,825 thousands of tons.

These results are based on data from PPC’s Market Flash program. PPC publishes a Market Flash Annual Report comparing shipments, orders, and average per ton data in monthly, quarterly, and annual increments every January. The report is available to participating PPC members.

For more information the Market Flash program, contact Melissa Teates at mteates@ppcnet.com. To learn more about these results and other information from the Paperboard Packaging Council, visit ppcnet.org.



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