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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI484
  • Pages :120
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  • Industry : Packaging

Market Size and Trends

The Paper Packaging Market is estimated to be valued at USD 428.91 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 591.55 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% from 2024 to 2031.

Paper Packaging Market Key Factors

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Paper packaging has wide applications across various end-use industries such as food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and personal care sectors. The paper packaging market is expected to witness substantial growth over the forecast period. Widespread adoption across industries and growing preference for sustainable packaging solutions are some of the key factors driving the demand for paper packaging. Increasing environmental concerns coupled with government regulations regarding single-use plastics are further expected to favor market growth. However, availability of substitutes such as flexible packaging may restrain the market to a certain extent. Overall, widespread application scope along with sustainable attributes is expected to help paper packaging gain further penetration in the coming years.

Rising demand from e-commerce industry

The e-commerce industry has witnessed tremendous growth over the past few years with rising internet penetration and increasing preference of consumers towards online shopping. For instance according to data by Invest India in 2023, the e-commerce industry in India is growing on levers such as increased smartphone penetration, increased affluence and low data prices, providing impetus for e-retail growth. With over 800 Mn users, India was the 2nd largest internet market in the world with 125.94 Lakh Cr UPI transactions in 2022. The lockdowns imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic further accelerated this trend as people started relying more on digital platforms for buying goods rather than visiting physical stores. E-commerce businesses heavily depend on effective packaging of products to ensure safe delivery of items to customers. Paper-based packaging materials such as corrugated boxes, boxes made from kraft paper, paper bags, and envelopes have emerged as the packaging of choice for e-commerce companies given their sustainability credentials and cost effectiveness compared to plastics. The growing volumes of deliveries coupled with the need to package even small and fragile items securely has increased the demand for customized paper-based packaging solutions from e-commerce firms. Manufacturers are innovating with new paper packaging formats like paper mailers, unfoldable boxes, and shock-absorbent padded envelopes that provide protection against impacts during logistics and transit. Additionally, e-commerce sellers require packaging materials that can be branded effectively for promotional purposes. Papers allow for multicolor printing of company logos and information which enhances the unboxing experience of online shoppers. As e-commerce continues on its high growth trajectory, the need for sustainable yet cost-effective packaging will continue driving the market for paper packaging in the foreseeable future. 

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Paper Packaging Market Concentration By Players

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Increasing focus on sustainable packaging

Rising concerns over plastic pollution and growing environmental awareness among both businesses and individuals have contributed significantly to the increased preference for paper-based packaging materials in recent years. Paper production involves the replanting of tree farms and relies majorly on sustainably harvested renewable wood resources. It also has higher recycling rates compared to plastic. The natural decomposition properties of paper mean that it does not cause lasting damage to ecosystems even if not recycled. Meanwhile, regulatory push in many countries towards phasing out single-use plastics has put additional pressure on enterprises to opt for paper packaging for their products and supply chains. Companies across several end-use industries like food and beverages, personal care, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods are focusing keenly on developing fully sustainable and recyclable paper packaging solutions. Even for applications that traditionally used plastics such as flexible pouches and bubble wraps, paper manufacturers are devising innovative composite barrier materials that provide similar functionality while being greener.

Paper Packaging Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Fluctuation in Raw material costs

The paper packaging market faces several challenges. Raw material costs, especially for virgin fibers, are volatile and prices can increase significantly. There are also concerns about the sustainability of paper production. Stricter environmental regulations around deforestation and carbon emissions may raise production costs. Customers are increasingly looking for eco-friendly packaging, pushing manufacturers to develop renewable and recyclable materials.

 Market Opportunities: Growing Demand for paper packaging

Demand for paper packaging is driven by growth in e-commerce and retail sectors. Food service companies continue switching from plastic to paper-based packaging due to customer preferences for sustainability. New barrier coating technologies allow paper to replace plastic in more applications while keeping food fresh. Innovation in materials helps paper compete against alternative packaging formats.

Paper Packaging Market By Product Type

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Insights, By Product Type: growing demand for convenient packaging of beverages

In terms of Product Type, Liquid Packaging Cartons contributes the highest share of the market. Liquid packaging cartons are highly versatile packaging solutions for various beverages and liquid products. Their key advantages such as lightweight and compact nature along with excellent barrier properties make them extremely popular among beverage manufacturers. The growing demand for convenient and on-the-go packaging from food processing industries as well as shifting consumer preference towards packaged beverages is fueling the growth of liquid carton packaging. The increasing consumption of packaged milk, juices, and liquid breakfast products has significantly boosted the application of carton packaging in food and beverage industry. Moreover, liquid cartons provide excellent protection to liquid contents from oxygen, moisture and other environmental impacts, allowing longer shelf-life without need for additional packaging materials like plastic coating or liners. This makes them an economical and sustainable option for manufacturers. The rising health-consciousness among consumers has also augmented the demand for carton-packed nutritional drinks and dietary supplements. With growing urbanization and changing lifestyle patterns, liquid cartons have emerged as a staple packaging solution for ready-to-drink beverages. Their lightweight and compact design makes liquid cartons highly portable and space-efficient. This increasing convenience factor along with advantages like recyclability is anticipated to continue fueling the growth of liquid carton packaging over the forecast period.

Insights, By End-Use Industry: Food & Beverages Contributes Highest Share to Paper Packaging Market Owing to Booming Processed Food Industry and Expanding Retail Landscape

The food and beverage industry accounts for the 53.2% share in the global paper packaging market owing to substantially high demand for corrugated boxes, cartons and paper wrappers from this sector. Rapidly growing processed food industry and expanding retail infrastructures especially in developing regions have propelled the usage of paper-based packaging materials for food products. Paper packaging provides ideal solution for safe transportation and distribution of diverse range of food items right from dry groceries and snacks to perishables and frozen products. Their effectiveness in moisture resistance, printability, heat sealing and ability to maintain product freshness makes them indispensable for food industry applications. Consumer goods companies are preferring paper over plastic packaging owing to growing sustainability concerns. Expansion of quick service restaurants, food procession plants along with organized food retail has augmented the yearly packaging needs of food industry. Paper packaging is sustainable and cost-effective option for primary as well as secondary food packaging applications. Developing cold chain infrastructure has augmented the usage of corrugated boxes and Insulated packaging for temperature controlled transportation of food shipments. Growing food industry in India is expected to drive the segment growth, For instance, according to data by Invest India in 2022, by 2025, the Indian food processing market is estimated to reach US$ 535 Bn and grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.2%.

Regional Insights

Paper Packaging Market Regional Insights, 2024

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The North American region currently dominates the global paper packaging market with 44.6% market share. With a strong presence of packaging manufacturers as well as key end-use industries, North America accounts for the largest share of the worldwide paper packaging demand. The well-established consumer goods and food and beverages sectors contribute hugely to the packaging needs of the region. North American countries like the United States and Canada house many Fortune 500 companies involved in consumer packaged goods who are the leading customers of paper packaging. This ensures a steady local demand for paper-based containers, boxes, bags, pouches and other packaging solutions. Furthermore, the presence of resources and manufacturing capabilities across the value chain enable North American packaging producers to offer competitive prices and high quality products catering to regional requirements.

The Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing market for paper packaging globally. Countries like China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea have exhibited impressive economic development over the past decades resulting in a burgeoning consumer class with rising disposable incomes. This rapidly expanding consumer base needs all kinds of packaged goods which is driving the demand for paper packaging from key end-use sectors. The region is witnessing massive investments in industries like food processing, pharmaceuticals, personal care and consumer durables which present attractive opportunities for paper packaging suppliers. Asia Pacific also hosts a significant portion of the world's population providing a huge local customer base for packaged goods. Additionally, export opportunities from the Asia Pacific region open up the potential to serve customers abroad through competitive pricing and proximity benefits.

Market Report Scope

Paper Packaging Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 428.91 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 4.7% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 591.55 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa : GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Liquid Packaging Cartons, Corrugated Cases, Carton & Folding Boxes, Others
  • End-Use Industry: Food & Beverage, Personal Care & Cosmetic, E-commerce, Healthcare, Home Care, Electrical & Electronic, Automotive & Industrial, Others 
Companies covered:

DS Smith PLC, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Holmen AB, Hood Packaging Corporation, International Paper Company, MeadWestvaco Corporation, OJI Holding Corporation, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, Stora Enso Oyj, The Mayr-Melnhof Group, Sonoco Products Company, Pratt Industries, WestRock Company, Ashirwad Enterprises, Billerude, Bagnico, Kalpataru Paper LLC, Papier-Mettler, Trident Paper Box Industries, TGI Packaging Pvt. Ltd

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising demand from e-commerce industry
  • Increasing focus on sustainable packaging 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Fluctuation in raw material costs
  • Convenience of plastic packaging over paper packaging

Key Developments

  • In 2023, Amcor Launches High-Barrier Performance Paper Packaging in North America
  • In 2023, JBM Packaging Launches New Water-Resistant Recyclable Packaging Paper
  • On June 20, 2022, Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), a manufacturer of pulp, paper and packaging products, announced that its North American Distribution Division had acquired Lewis Paper International, Inc., a leading distributor of paper, packaging and wide-format products headquartered in Addison, Illinois, U.S. The acquisition of Lewis Paper will drive Central National Gottesman Inc.’s paper business and the commercial printing sector growth. Addition of the Lewis Paper International, Inc.’s production facilities will allow to strengthen Central National Gottesman, Inc.’s service and grow the production capacity for the paper packaging.
  • On Jan 27, 2022, Amcor plc, a developer & producer of packaging solutions for a variety of food, beverage and pharmaceutical products, launched a new platform of paper-based packaging products AmFiberTM. Amcor plc is engaged in developing and producing sustainable packaging solutions. AmFiber innovations aim to redefine the capabilities of traditional paper packaging, providing a wider range of features and functional benefits to meet the changing needs of consumers

*Definition: The paper packaging market is comprised of various companies that manufacture and sell different types of packaging products made from paper and paperboard materials. This includes corrugated boxes, bags and sacks, folding boxes and cartons, and other types of paper-based packaging solutions used for shipping and storing various products across industries like food, beverages, healthcare, electronics and more. The paper packaging provides protection from damage during transport or storage and helps promote products through information and graphics printed on them.

Market Segmentation

  •  Product Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Liquid Packaging Cartons
    • Corrugated Cases
    • Carton & Folding Boxes
    • Others
  • End-use Industry Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Food & Beverage
    • Personal Care & Cosmetic
    • E-commerce
    • Healthcare
    • Home Care
    • Electrical & Electronic
    • Automotive & Industrial
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • DS Smith PLC
    • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    • Holmen AB
    • Hood Packaging Corporation
    • International Paper Company
    • MeadWestvaco Corporation
    • OJI Holding Corporation
    • Smurfit Kappa Group Plc
    • Stora Enso Oyj
    • The Mayr-Melnhof Group
    • Sonoco Products Company
    • Pratt Industries
    • WestRock Company
    • Ashirwad Enterprises
    • Billerude
    • Bagnico
    • Kalpataru Paper LLC
    • Papier-Mettler
    • Trident Paper Box Industries
    • TGI Packaging Pvt. Ltd

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be the CAGR of the global paper packaging market?

Rising demand from e-commerce industry and increasing focus on sustainable packaging are the major factors driving the growth of the global paper packaging market.

Fluctuation in raw material costs and convenience of plastic packaging over paper packaging are the major factors hampering the growth of the global paper packaging market.

In terms of product type, the liquid packaging cartons segment is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

DS Smith PLC, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Holmen AB, Hood Packaging Corporation, International Paper Company, MeadWestvaco Corporation, OJI Holding Corporation, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, Stora Enso Oyj, The Mayr-Melnhof Group, Sonoco Products Company, Pratt Industries, WestRock Company, Ashirwad Enterprises, Billerude, Bagnico, Kalpataru Paper LLC, Papier-Mettler, Trident Paper Box Industries, and TGI Packaging Pvt. Ltd are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global paper packaging market.

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