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Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is Segmented by Product Type ( Folding Cartons, Corrugated Boxes), End-user Vertical (Food, Beverage, Healthcare, Personal Care, Electrical), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market Size
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 4.15 %

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Market Overview

The Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging market was estimated at USD 324.47 billion in 2021, and it is expected to register a CAGR of 4.14%, to reach USD 409.50 billion by 2027. Paperboard is the most common material used to make containers, like folding cartons. The paperboard requires processes such as pulping, optional bleaching, refining, sheet forming, drying, calendaring, and winding, to manufacture paper.​ Paper packaging materials can be easily reused and recycled compared to other materials, such as metals and plastics.

  • Consumers all around the world are becoming more conscious of the environmental hazards linked with packaging and are moving their purchasing habits to more environmentally friendly options. Consumers, the government, and the media are putting pressure on manufacturers to make their products, packaging, and processes more environmentally friendly. People are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly packaging. The paperboard packaging industry is expected to grow as a result of these trends.
  • More than 60% of all communities in the United States collect and recycle paperboard packaging. Furthermore, companies are also focusing on introducing recyclable paper board products. The Cascades recently launched a cardboard tray made from recyclable fibers. SIG has also launched cartons made from recycled polymers using post-consumer waste.
  • To meet consumer demands, food and beverage manufacturers are making greater efforts to provide sustainable materials and packaging, functional and convenient displays, and healthier food options. Paper bags are becoming increasingly popular in restaurants, hotels, and cafes, among other food establishments. Similarly, the growing popularity of on-the-go meals and online food delivery services has increased the demand for paper bags in food service.
  • Sustainability, specifically regulatory and public concerns about single-use packaging waste, are combined with other powerful trends to drive significant shifts in consumer packaging. Regulators are acting, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies and retailers are taking bold steps to improve the sustainable development of their packaging and fundamentally reconsider their packaging systems.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the packaging sector, with the impacts of nationwide lockdown, corporations shifting their sourcing away from China, and materials used in packaging being reconsidered. Although there has been a substantial impact on the supply side of paper packaging, large growth in end-user demand in specific applications has significantly expanded the scope of paper packaging.
  • During the outbreak of COVID-19, the market studied faced slow growth due to lockdown being imposed by various countries that have disrupted the supply chain process and the closure of production plants in some countries to curb the effect of the virus.

Scope of the Report

The global paper and paperboard market comprises product type and end-user vertical segments. Also, the market studied includes a geographic segment that covers product type, end-user verticals, and countries of all regions such as ( North America, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, and APAC). Moreover, the end-user verticals segment includes food and beverage, healthcare, personal care, electrical, and other end-user verticals. The product type segment comprises folding cartons, corrugated boxes, and other types.

The study tracks key market metrics, underlying growth influencers, and significant industry vendors, providing support for Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging market estimates and growth rates throughout the anticipated period. The study looks at COVID-19's overall influence on the paper and paperboard ecosystem.

By Product Type
Folding Carton
Corrugated Boxes
Other Types
By End-User Vertical
Food
Beverage
Healthcare
Personal Care
Electrical
Other End-User Types
By Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Italy
Poland
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
India
South Korea
Japan
Indonesia
Thailand
Australia
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Argentina
Colombo
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Egypt
Israel
Quatar
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increase in Demand From The Food And Beverage Sector

  • Paper bags meet the consumer demand for secure, leak-proof, and recyclable packaging. Paper bags are gradually replacing plastic packaging solutions in areas where takeout and online food delivery are becoming popular. Paper packaging is expected to also cater to the increasing demand from the food and beverage sector.
  • Furthermore, as the e-commerce industry has grown, so has the use of packaging materials. In contrast, the food and beverage industry has taken the lead, with an increasing number of companies revising their packaging strategies. Food and beverage companies are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional packaging materials, such as wrappers, cartons, bottles, and other options.
  • In recent times sustainability has gained prominence in the food and beverage industry, with CPGs addressing the significant carbon footprint incurred by product packaging. According to the United Nations, the amount of plastic waste has increased from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to 348 million metric tons in 2017, and this figure is expected to double by 2040.
  • Reduced production of single-use plastic, which is viewed by sustainability experts as one of the most harmful packaging types and has resulted in a severe accumulation of waste globally, particularly in oceans, is a critical component. Nestlé and PepsiCo have set goals of making 100% of their packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025.
  • Moreover, paperboard packaging is available in a variety of grades, each with its own set of qualities that make it suitable for a wide range of applications. Because of its strength, paperboard can be easily cut and molded, is lightweight, and is used in packaging. It is a thick paper-based material that is commonly used in packaging. Paperboard is made from wood pulp, which is the most basic material. To assist reduce deforestation and trash, a large amount of paperboard is recycled.
Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market Trends

Asia Pacific is Expected to Hold Significant Share

  • The Asia Pacific region is the largest global folding carton packaging market, and demand is likely to continue to expand in the region due to its great potential expansion. Demand is mostly driven by China, a major buyer of folding cartons, as it is in many other industries. Demand is expected to slow in China as the economy shifts from manufacturing to services.
  • In other parts of the area, demand in some emerging Asian countries is expected to be strong, while growth in older markets such as North-East Asia is expected to be slow. The Asia Pacific region dominated the global folding carton packaging industry. Demand increases due to the rising demand for ready-to-eat meals in China, India, and Southeast Asian countries.
  • As the focus changes to eco-friendly and sustainable practices, folding carton demand has been growing across several industries in the Asia Pacific, including food and beverage, healthcare, personal care, homecare, retail, and others.
  • Consumer awareness of sustainable packaging preferences, raw material availability, the lightweight, biodegradable, and recyclable characteristics of paper, and deforestation have all contributed to the demand for this package type in the region.
  • However, Increased use of current technology, as well as aggressive research and product development, will boost the Asia Pacific flexible packaging market in the next years. As more information regarding the benefits and viability of packing snacks and refreshments with adaptive bundling becomes accessible, sacks, pockets, roll stocks, and DVDs are becoming more popular. Furthermore, due to the growing repercussions of the limited requirements for the safe packaging of food and beverages, the business is predicted to grow dramatically in the next years.
Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market Share

Competitive Landscape

The Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is quite fragmented. Nippon Paper Industries Co. LTD, Mondi, METS BOARD, WestRock Company, and ITC Limited are among the major companies. To maintain their market share, the corporations continue to innovate and form strategic partnerships.

  • April 2022 - Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd and Elopak ASA have agreed that Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd will produce and sell Elopak ASA's lineup of Pure-Pak packaging for beverage and liquid food products across the world and introduce them to the Oceania region. The new agreement will leverage both companies' innovation and technological capabilities to pursue new business opportunities in the Oceania region.
  • April 2022 - Cascades Inc. announced the expansion of its eco–friendly packaging line with the addition of a 100% recycled PET tray, which is also recyclable. Its innovative design makes the tray perfectly compatible with the packaging equipment already used by food processors and retailers.

Recent Developments

  • 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.
  • February 2022 - WestRock Company announced its plans to build a new corrugated box plant in Longview, Washington, to meet the growing demand from its regional customers in the Pacific Northwest. The new corrugated box plant will serve all industry segments and markets in the Pacific Northwest.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definitions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHT

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Ecosystem Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of COVID-19 Impact on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Demand From The Food And Beverage Sector

      2. 5.1.2 Regulations On Plastic-based Packaging Products Contributes To Higher Demand

      3. 5.1.3 Increasing Growth Of E-commerce Creating Demand For Various Paper And Paperboard Packaging Types

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Effects Of Deforestation On Paper Packaging

      2. 5.2.2 Increasing Raw Material Costs And Outsourcing

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Product Type

      1. 6.1.1 Folding Carton

      2. 6.1.2 Corrugated Boxes

      3. 6.1.3 Other Types

    2. 6.2 By End-User Vertical

      1. 6.2.1 Food

      2. 6.2.2 Beverage

      3. 6.2.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.2.4 Personal Care

      5. 6.2.5 Electrical

      6. 6.2.6 Other End-User Types

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

        1. 6.3.1.1 United States

        2. 6.3.1.2 Canada

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

        1. 6.3.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 6.3.2.2 Germany

        3. 6.3.2.3 France

        4. 6.3.2.4 Italy

        5. 6.3.2.5 Poland

        6. 6.3.2.6 Rest of Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 6.3.3.1 China

        2. 6.3.3.2 India

        3. 6.3.3.3 South Korea

        4. 6.3.3.4 Japan

        5. 6.3.3.5 Indonesia

        6. 6.3.3.6 Thailand

        7. 6.3.3.7 Australia

        8. 6.3.3.8 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

        1. 6.3.4.1 Brazil

        2. 6.3.4.2 Mexico

        3. 6.3.4.3 Argentina

        4. 6.3.4.4 Colombo

        5. 6.3.4.5 Rest of Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. 6.3.5.1 Saudi Arabia

        2. 6.3.5.2 United Arab Emirates

        3. 6.3.5.3 Egypt

        4. 6.3.5.4 Israel

        5. 6.3.5.5 Quatar

        6. 6.3.5.6 Rest of Middle-East and Africa

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 International Paper Company

      2. 7.1.2 Eastern Pak Limited

      3. 7.1.3 Mondi Group

      4. 7.1.4 Smurfit Kappa Group

      5. 7.1.5 DS Smith PLC

      6. 7.1.6 Westrock Company

      7. 7.1.7 Packaging Corporation of America

      8. 7.1.8 Cascades Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd

      10. 7.1.10 Sonoco Products Company

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OUTLOOK OF THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.15% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY , Mondi Group, Smurfit kappa group, DS SMITH PLC, WESTROCK COMPANY are the major companies operating in Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market.

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