Containerboard Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Global Containerboard Market Manufacturers and it is Segmented by Material (Virgin Fibers, Recycled Fibers, and Virgin + Recycled Fibers), Type (Kraftliners, Testliners, and Flutings), End-user Vertical (Food and Beverage, Consumer Goods, and Industrial), and Geography. The market size and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Container Board Market Size

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Containerboard Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 146.96 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 162.63 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 2.05 %
Fastest Growing Market North America
Largest Market North America

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Container Board Market Analysis

The Containerboard Market size is estimated at USD 146.96 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 162.63 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 2.05% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Containerboard is becoming more and more common in the world of packaging. Due to its adaptability, portability, and durability, it is the packaging material that is used most commonly. In addition, it comes from a renewable resource. It is also the one packing material that is recycled the most.

  • Throughout the forecast period, it has been anticipated that the global containerboard market will expand significantly, primarily due to rising corrugated box shipments and e-commerce shipments, increasing demand for packaged foods and businesses, and shifting consumer preferences toward recyclable packaging options.
  • The use of mini-flute corrugated boxes in some markets has also enabled them to expand their presence in markets, such as cereal boxes and carryout food packaging. Another factor that allows corrugated boxes to gain a share from paperboard cartons is the introduction of e-commerce-ready packaging that substitutes lightweight and easy-to-open cartons for boxes that can withstand the rigors of shipping. Such trends are expected to boost the adoption of containerboard in the e-commerce sector and other industries.
  • Although governments are forcing package industries to use recyclable materials for packaging and there are growing environmental concerns, the market under investigation for the projected period has a huge opportunity.
  • One of the crucial aspects anticipated to impede the market's expansion is the accessibility of alternative packaging options.
  • Some of the main drivers of the examined market as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak include growth in food packaging and continually rising demand for corrugated packages in expanding e-commerce shipments. The demand for grocery packaging, healthcare products, and e-commerce shipments has significantly expanded in e-commerce portals.

Container Board Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Containerboard Market according to our research experts:

Food and Beverage sector to witness the growth

  • Due to people's busy lifestyles, the demand for packaged and ready-to-eat goods is increasing. The need for packaged food is also driven by the growing young population, particularly working women, who are also included in the market, under study.
  • Corrugated board packaging, mainly secondary or tertiary packing, is increasingly being used by businesses to provide better results to customers since it protects items from moisture and endures lengthy transportation times. The need is fueled by processed foods, such as bread, meat products, and other perishable goods, which require these packaging materials to be used once. The need for containerboard in the food and beverage industry is anticipated to increase as a result.
  • Furthermore, new developments in the field are broadening the range of uses for corrugated cardboard packaging. The companies that make up the THIMM Group created "COOLandFREEZE," a corrugated cardboard box for temperature-controlled shipping that allows the transportation of frozen, chilled, and non-refrigerated goods together in a single shipment.
  • With this cutting-edge packaging, processed meals are effectively insulated and kept cold for at least 36 hours. Corrugated cardboard packing is a more environmentally friendly shipping solution than polystyrene or plastic. Hence demand in this industry is anticipated to proliferate during the forecast period.
  • These products also offer added capabilities, such as preventing the processed food from getting exposed to sunlight, which can impact the quality and taste of the processed foods while being transported from the production units to the retailers.
Containerboard Market - Retail sales of food and beverage stores in Canada from 2017 to 2021, in USD Billions

North America is One of the Most Prominent Markets in the Global Containerboard Market

  • Over the projected period, North America's demand for containerboard material is anticipated to be driven by consumers' growing awareness of the benefits of eco-friendly products. One of the top exporters of containerboard, particularly corrugated containers and kraft liners, is the United States. Compared to other regions, the country has lower manufacturing and material expenses. High containerboard manufacture is related to the nation's concern for sustainable development.
  • Moreover, a program was initiated by the Fiber Box Association (FBA) members to raise awareness regarding using corrugated cardboard boxes. The member companies that manufacture corrugated packaging products across North America use this program to share their progress with box users and consumers so they remain assured about choosing, receiving, using, and recycling corrugated cardboard packaging.
  • Moreover, there has not been much consumer or regulatory pressure in the United States earlier for cardboard recycling due to the relatively low pulp price and a historical record of recycled boxes not being strong enough to survive the journey intact. However, due to the rise of e-commerce, there has been an increased demand for cardboard, which creates a need for containerboard packaging materials.
  • Many major cities, like California, New York, Washington, Maine, and Massachusetts, have banned the use of plastic containers and bags and other single-use non-recyclable products that are harmful to the environment boosting the demand for containerboard packaging solutions.
Containerboard Market - Growth rate by region

Container Board Industry Overview

The containerboard market is moderately competitive and consists of many major players. Few big competitors now control most of the market in terms of market share. These significant market participants are concentrating on growing their consumer base internationally. Many businesses rely on strategic collaboration projects to improve their market share and profitability

In February 2022, the WestRock Company proclaimed its intentions to construct a new corrugated box plant in Longview, Washington, in order to satisfy the expanding demand from its local customers in the Pacific Northwest. The new corrugated box mill will supply all market segments and industry sectors in the Pacific Northwest.

Container Board Market Leaders

  1. International Paper

  2. Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Ltd

  3. Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited

  4. Smurfit Kappa Group

  5. Mondi Limited

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Containerboard Market Concentration
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Container Board Market News

  • April 2022: DS Smith introduced a corrugated cardboard box for the e-commerce shipment of medical devices. The corrugated cardboard box features a single-material solution instead of glued packaging with a single-use plastic insert.
  • January 2022: The Smurfit Kappa Group PLC has announced an investment of over USD 33 million in Brazil to expand the capacity of its plant in Fortaleza to meet the growing demand for innovative and sustainable packaging.

Container Board Market Report - 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 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.3.5 Threat of Substitutes

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

    5. 4.5 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Shipments through E-commerce

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Demand for Processed and Packaged Foods

      3. 5.1.3 Environmental Concerns Leading to the High Demand for Recycled Packaging Solutions

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Availability of Alternative Packaging Solutions

    3. 5.3 Impact of COVID-19 on Corrugated Packaging Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Supply Chain Scenario

      2. 5.3.2 Rise in Demand for E-commerce due to Restrictions Over Offline Trade

      3. 5.3.3 Effect of End-user Performance Over Near and Medium-term Growth Forecasts


    1. 6.1 By Material

      1. 6.1.1 Virgin Fibers

      2. 6.1.2 Recycled Fibers

      3. 6.1.3 Virgin + Recycled Fibers

    2. 6.2 By Type

      1. 6.2.1 Kraftliners

      2. 6.2.2 Testliners

      3. 6.2.3 Flutings

      4. 6.2.4 Other Types (White Top, etc.)

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Food and Beverage

      2. 6.3.2 Consumer Goods

      3. 6.3.3 Industrial

      4. 6.3.4 Other End Users

    4. 6.4 By Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 South America

      5. 6.4.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 International Paper

      2. 7.1.2 Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Ltd

      3. 7.1.3 Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited

      4. 7.1.4 Smurfit Kappa Group

      5. 7.1.5 Mondi Limited

      6. 7.1.6 Sappi Ltd

      7. 7.1.7 WestRock Company

      8. 7.1.8 Cascades Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 Stora Enso Oyj

      10. 7.1.10 Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA

      11. 7.1.11 Mitsubishi Corporation Packaging Ltd

      12. 7.1.12 Georgia-Pacific LLC

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Container Board Industry Segmentation

Containerboard is the material used to manufacture corrugated boxes - usually known as cardboard. It is the most repeatedly used packaging material since it is versatile, lightweight, strong, and made from renewable resources. It is also the only most-recycled packaging material.

The Containerboard Market is Segmented by Material (Virgin Fibers, Recycled Fibers, and Virgin + Recycled Fibers), Type (Kraftliners, Testliners, and Flutings), End-user Vertical (Food and Beverage, Consumer Goods, and Industrial), and Geography. The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Material
Virgin Fibers
Recycled Fibers
Virgin + Recycled Fibers
By Type
Other Types (White Top, etc.)
By End User
Food and Beverage
Consumer Goods
Other End Users
By Geography
North America
South America
Middle East and Africa
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Container Board Market Research FAQs

The Containerboard Market size is expected to reach USD 146.96 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 2.05% to reach USD 162.63 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Containerboard Market size is expected to reach USD 146.96 billion.

International Paper, Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Ltd, Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited, Smurfit Kappa Group and Mondi Limited are the major companies operating in the Containerboard Market.

North America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Containerboard Market.

In 2023, the Containerboard Market size was estimated at USD 144.01 billion. The report covers the Containerboard Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Containerboard Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Container Board Industry Report

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Containerboard Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)