The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, reports that the U.S. tissue and wood products industry set record-high levels of tissue production in February and March.
According to a news release from AF&PA, U.S. tissue mills manufactured about 700,000 tons of tissue in March. Heidi Brock, president and CEO of AF&PA, says more tissue was produced in March than any other month since 2007, which is when AF&PA began collecting this historical data.
Additionally, AF&PA states that its members safely delivered more than 22,000 tons of tissue per day in February and March.
Brock says record-high levels of tissue production are tied to demand from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The men and women who work in the paper and wood products industry continue to do their part to respond to demand for products like bathroom tissue and paper towels during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” she says. “As daily production reached new thresholds, AF&PA member companies stayed the course, delivering sustainable tissue products to meet everyday, essential needs. I am heartened by the industry’s commitment to safety, and its ability to move products to the global market—just as we do 52 weeks each year.”