Wallboard shipments set new record in 2005

The United States gypsum board industry achieved its highest rate of annual shipments ever in calendar year 2005, when the U.S. manufacturers of gypsum board shipped a total of 36.16 billion square feet of material, the Gypsum Association reported. This volume represents a substantial increase in shipments over the same 12-month period of 2004, when 34.25 billion square feet of board were shipped. The 2005 figure represents the fifth consecutive year of increased shipments for the U.S. gypsum board manufacturing industry.

Shipments from Canadian manufacturers also rose for the fifth consecutive year, as production increased from 3.55 billion square feet in 2004 to 3.58 square feet in 2005.