Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is segmented by Material (Folding Cartons, Corrugated Boxes) and End-User Industry (Beverage, Food, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare, Personal Care & Household Care).

Market Snapshot

Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 4.23 %

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Market Overview

The Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.23% over the forecast period from 2021 to 2026. Currently, consumers in the country prefer recyclability and biodegradable as essential parameters of packaging over reusability. This underlines the growing concerns of consumers about the environmental impact of packaging wastes in the future. With advanced technologies like digitally printed paperboard attracting high investments, the product distributors are increasingly adopting the following technology due to the solution offering interactive and colorful designs for the consumers to notice.

  • Furthermore, cartons are branded and protect products and provided consumers additional value after purchase are being invested in due to the increasing demand for reusability among consumers. In November 2019, Swiss packaging manufacturer SIG Combibloc signed an AUD 70 million deal to buy Visy Cartons in another move that signals its goal to expand in the Australian region. The seller is VisyPak Operations, which operates as a subsidiary of Pratt Consolidated Holdings, an Australian company operating in the packaging, paper and recycling industries.
  • In May 2020, Screen GP Australia has announced the global parent company's plans to target the package printing field as a strategic business area and progressively strengthen its product line-up and solution development for this market. In identifying packaging print as a significant growth area of the graphic arts, Screen has conducted extensive R&D to bring sustainable, digital, variable and versatile on-demand production targeting folding cartons, corrugated and flexible packaging along with labels.
  • In October 2019, Norske Skog announced the closure of the Boyer Mill's sister mill at Albury following the ongoing drop in demand for newsprint from Australia's newspapers. The closure of the company would return Boyer to its status as the only producer of newsprint in Australia. However, some newspapers receive their paper supply from Norske Skog's Tasman mill in New Zealand. Norske Skog announced the sale of the Albury mill to paper, packaging, and recycling group Visy for AUD 85 million. Instances such is that this shows the decreased demand for paper as a communication medium in the country.
  • In May 2020, News Corp Australia has confirmed that more than 100 local and regional newspapers will become digital-only or disappear entirely. A total of 112 of Rupert Murdoch's print newspapers will shut down the presses, including 36, which will close altogether and 76, which will remain as the online masthead. Despite the readership of News Corp's digital mastheads growth of more than 60% as Australians turned to trusted media sources with the peak of the recent COVID-19 lockdowns, print advertising spending contributes to the majority of the company's revenues, has accelerated its decline.

Scope of the Report

Paper and Paperboard packaging is one of the most used eco-friendly packaging solutions. The ability of this packaging format to be produced in different sizes, compared to other bulkier packaging options, makes it feasible for use in end-user industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, etc.

By Material
Folding Cartons
Corrugated Boxes
Other Types (Flexible Paper, Liquid Cartons)
By End-User Industry
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare
Personal Care & Household Care
Other End-user Industries

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Key Market Trends

Corrugated Boxes are Expected to Hold Significant Share

  • Corrugated packaging has emerged as a critical driver of this market due to its evolution as a point-of-sale display in retail applications, coupled with continuous development in small flute and high-quality graphics board, which is enabling corrugated boxes to penetrate traditional folding carton applications. Corrugated box packaging is a useful and cost-effective solution to protect, preserve, and transport a wide range of cosmetic products. The corrugated box has the benefits of biodegradability, and recyclability, which have made it an essential part of the packaging industry.
  • Visy's corrugated packaging facility in Truganina was officially opened in Victoria, Australia, on April 9, 2019. The 36,500 sqm, USD 100 million corrugated plant showcases some of the world's most modern technology and employs 85 people across all shifts, including office personnel. The latest operating facility was established as part of the company's commitment to increase and innovate corrugating and converting capacity in Victoria.
  • Another end-user that extensively relies on paperboard-based packaging is the retail industry. The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought change on a scale that the country has never seen before, altering the eCommerce industry trajectory. Last year Australian Post forecasted 12% of consumer spending would be conducted online by 2021. Yet, with the seismic shift brought about by COVID-19, the industry saw online hit 12% of total retail for March 2020 itself.
  • According to Australia Post, in 2020, Australia witnessed more people shopping online than ever before up 31% in April to 5.2 million. Compared to the average in 2019 and unsurprisingly, online purchases are growing at a rapid rate across the country. While the national average in 2019 was 17.2%, it has already shifted significantly for the year to April 30, 2020, with online purchases up 41% YOY. The boost in the e-commerce industry is expected to impact the paperboard packaging market in the country positively.
Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market

Pharmaceutical and Healthcare is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • With extensive government reforms in drug pricing, structural changes, and unpredictability on reimbursement and pricing decisions, many pharmaceutical companies are being challenged in Australia. However, Australia is geographically well-placed when it comes to pharmaceutical exports due to its proximity to South Asia's emerging markets. Even though countries, such as India and China, have low production costs, Australia has a more mature and regulatory regime, driving the demand for pharmaceutical paperboard packaging.
  • In January 2020, Pelican BioThermal announced the further expansion of its worldwide reach into Australia and New Zealand. Wilpak Group International will engage in providing sales and support from its headquarters located in Melbourne, Australia. This signifies the expansion of the present successful global partnership with Wilpak Group International. Pelican BioThermal provides an option to its customers to utilize their InsulCap portfolio of thermal covers for the protection of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical payloads.
  • In March 2020, MediPharm Labs Corp, a manufacturer of specialized, research-focused pharmaceutical-quality cannabis extraction, derivative and distillation products, announced it would begin supplying finished pharmaceutical-quality cannabis oil products in Australia as part of a two-year agreement entered into between MediPharm Labs Australia Pty Ltd and Compass Clinics Australia Pty Ltd. In Australia, Compass Clinics opened its first two clinics in 2019 and will start to sell its own branded products. Additional clinics are expected to open in 2020.
  • In May 2020, the Australian subsidiary of CSL Behring is set to develop a plasma-derived therapeutic for treating severe complications in COVID-19 patients. The company intends to focus on patients whose infection is progressing to the requirement for ventilation. Named COVID-19 Immunoglobulin, the therapeutic will be developed by CSL Behring Australia at its manufacturing facility in Broadmeadows, Victoria. Once the development is finished, paperboard packaging would become essential to export the therapeutic across various locations.
Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market

Competitive Landscape

The Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is moderately fragmented with significant players such as Visy Industries, Paper Australia Pty Ltd, Abbe Corrugated Pty. Ltd., etc. occupying the majority of the market share. The companies in the country are forming multiple partnerships and mergers to increase their market share.

  • April 2020 - Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. and Paper Australia Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company announced the completion of the purchase of Orora Limited’s paperboard and fiber-based packaging business in Australia/New Zealand. The Business is formed into a new trading entity, and together with Australian Paper, will form the “Opal” group of companies.
  • March 2020 - With the outbreak of COVID-19, ABBE Corrugated improves its Business Continuity Plan by introducing comprehensive measures to deal with possible supply chain and manufacturing disruptions for reasons other than natural disasters and assists the Company to deal with the current situation.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Supply Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities



    1. 7.1 Industry Revenue of Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing in Australia from 2011 to 2023 (in USD million)

    2. 7.2 Corrugated Paper or Paperboard Import Value and Quantity

    3. 7.3 Corrugated Paper or Paperboard Export Value and Quantity


    1. 8.1 Kraft liner Import Value and Quantity

    2. 8.2 Kraft liner Export Value and Quantity

    3. 8.3 Test liner Import Value and Quantity

    4. 8.4 Test liner Export Value and Quantity

    5. 8.5 Fluting Paper Import Value and Quantity

    6. 8.6 Fluting Paper Value and Quantity


    1. 9.1 Printing & Writing

    2. 9.2 Newsprint

    3. 9.3 Tissue

    4. 9.4 Packaging

    5. 9.5 Others


    1. 10.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 10.2 Demand Analysis - By Material Type

      1. 10.2.1 Paper and Paperboard

      2. 10.2.2 Glass

      3. 10.2.3 Metal

      4. 10.2.4 Plastic (Rigid & Flexible)


    1. 11.1 By Material

      1. 11.1.1 Folding Cartons

      2. 11.1.2 Corrugated Boxes

      3. 11.1.3 Other Types (Flexible Paper, Liquid Cartons)

    2. 11.2 By End-User Industry

      1. 11.2.1 Beverage

      2. 11.2.2 Food

      3. 11.2.3 Pharmaceutical and Healthcare

      4. 11.2.4 Personal Care & Household Care

      5. 11.2.5 Other End-user Industries


    1. 12.1 Company Profiles

      1. 12.1.1 Visy Industries (Visy Industries Holdings Pty Ltd)

      2. 12.1.2 Opal Group (Paper Australia Pty Ltd & Nippon Paper Industries)

      3. 12.1.3 Abbe Corrugated Pty. Ltd.

      4. 12.1.4 Austcor Packaging Pty. Ltd

      5. 12.1.5 Pro-Pac Packaging Limited

      6. 12.1.6 JacPak Pty Ltd

      7. 12.1.7 Networkpak Pty Ltd

      8. 12.1.8 United Printing & Packaging Company

      9. 12.1.9 Oji Fibre Solutions (AUS) Pty Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.23% over the next 5 years.

Visy Industries (Visy Industries Holdings Pty Ltd), Opal Group (Paper Australia Pty Ltd & Nippon Paper Industries), Abbe Corrugated Pty. Ltd., Pro-Pac Packaging Limited , United Printing & Packaging Company are the major companies operating in Australia Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market.

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