Followed by Canada, the U.S. pulp industry is by far the world's largest, representing roughly one-third of worldwide production in recent years.
This category covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing paper from wood pulp, wastepaper, and other fiber pulp, and they may also manufacture converted paper products. Establishments primarily engaged in integrated pulping and papermaking are included in this industry if they primarily ship paper or paper products.
U.S. paperboard mill production was 46.8 million tons in 2001—a 4.5 percent decrease from 2000, when production was 49.0 million tons.
Establishments in this industry manufacture setup (rigid) paperboard boxes from purchased paperboard. This classification includes setup paperboard boxes, paperboard filing boxes, and metal-edged newsboard boxes.
This category covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing corrugated and solid fiber boxes and related products from paperboard or fiber stock. Important products of this industry include corrugated and solid fiberboard boxes, pads, partitions, display items, pallets, single face products, and corrugated sheets.
Establishments in this industry are primarily engaged in manufacturing fiber cans, tubes, drums, cones, and similar products from purchased paperboard. These products can be made with or without metal ends.
Sanitary food containers have been a strong growth market for the paper industry. Despite increasing consumer interest in reducing usage of disposable products, the convenience of disposable paper products has continued to appeal to growing numbers of consumers.
Establishments in this industry are primarily engaged in manufacturing folding paperboard boxes from purchased paperboard, including folding sanitary food boxes or cartons (except milk cartons). Products include folding paperboard boxes such as cereal boxes; folding cartons; frozen food containers; ice cream containers; folding sanitary food pails, such as those used for takeout food from restaurants; and paperboard backs for blister packages.
This classification incorporates a wide variety of products and companies. In 2001, the value of shipments for the laminated and coated paper industry declined to $10.61 billion, down from nearly $11.19 billion in 1997, but still higher than the $8.87 billion worth of goods shipped in 1994.
Note: The U.S. Economic Census now reports industrial information under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) instead of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.
The uncoated paper and multiwall bag industry remained stagnant in the late 1990s. Shipment volumes of $2.8 billion in 2000 were equal to those of the early 1990s.
Products in this industry classification include pasted chip board; bottle caps and tops; cardboard foundations and cutouts; pasted, laminated line and surface coated paperboard; plain paper cards; tabulating cards; die-cut paper and paperboard; egg cartons and egg case fillers and flats; and filing folders, index cards, and paperboard library cards.
This classification covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing sanitary paper products from purchased paper, such as facial tissues and handkerchiefs, table napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, disposable diapers, and sanitary napkins and tampons.
The envelope category is classified as a converting operation, since it transforms a finished product (rolls and sheets of paper and paperboard or synthetic materials) into envelopes. In 2000 U.S.
Establishments in this industry are primarily engaged in manufacturing stationery, tablets, loose-leaf fillers, and related items from purchased paper. Products include correspondence-type tablets, paper desk pads, loose-leaf filler paper, memo books, newsprint tablets and pads, notebooks, stationery, and various other padded paper products.
Establishments in this category are primarily engaged in manufacturing miscellaneous converted paper or paperboard products, not elsewhere classified, from purchased paper or paperboard. Products in this classification include gift wrap, pressed and molded pulp goods, laminated building papers, fiber conduits, crepe paper, pressed and molded pulp cups, pressed and molded dishes, molded pulp egg cartons, and converted filter paper.