Containerboard Market 2019: Business Growth, Trend and Forecast 2025

Rising disposable incomes worldwide has stimulated the growth of the containerboard market extensively, owing to increased consumption of packaged food, beverages, medicines, personal care products and clothing. The retail segment has seen continuous expansion through the increasing number of supermarkets, shopping centers and brand outlets, generating unprecedented demand for effective, reliable and affordable packaging solutions.

 Apparently, the use of containerboard as a packaging material to make corrugated boxes can be attributed to its light weight, strength and the versatility it offers. From transporting fragile goods and electronic appliances, bulk groceries and chemicals to delivering products ordered online, the containerboard market is predicted to gather massive revenues from distinct packaging applications.

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A vital platform flourishing the domain of containerboard packaging has been the e-commerce sector, which has emerged as a prominent business driver for big and small FMCG and industrial players. In addition to regions such as the U.S., Canada, U.K. and other European nations, e-commerce has also become a widespread trend across developing economies, including Asian and Latin American countries.

It is estimated that global retail e-commerce sales had reached a value of over US$2.2 trillion in 2017, demonstrating the extraordinary potential existing for the containerboard market from surging online sales. The large number of packages being delivered to businesses and households alike also create opportunities for recycling of old corrugated containers, and this not only applies to goods sold online but packaging used throughout all sales channels.

Essentially, using recycled corrugating medium allows reduction in manufacturing costs and lesser quantity of discarded materials being released into the waste stream. According to the American Forest and Paper Association, in 2017 about 88.8% of corrugated containers in U.S. had been retrieved for recycling, where over half of the recycled fiber used in the production of paper and paperboard is consumed by containerboard manufacturers. Enumerated below are some key producers in the containerboard market and their progress in terms of utilizing recycled materials:

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International Paper, operating out of Tennessee, U.S., is responsible for collecting, consuming and selling over 6 million tons of all paper materials recovered in the country, becoming one of the biggest corrugated box recyclers in North America. It also has a recycled containerboard mill in Morocco to serve the domestic box demands and in 2016, had taken over a facility in Spain to convert it for producing recycled containerboard.

Mondi Group, based in Austria, is one of the leading players in the containerboard market globally which owns numerous profiting resources, including a recycled containerboard mill in Germany it acquired a few years back. More recently, the manufacturer has ordered a new a production line which will use old corrugated boxes as a feed, for the production of new and environmentally sound materials.

Smurfit Kappa, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, boasts of a large variety assets, which include 48 recycling plants and 36 paper mills. In 2018, the company unveiled a new recycling facility in Spain to bolster its recovered paper services. This year, realizing the demand for plastic packaging alternatives, the company expanded its mill in Netherlands to enhance its capabilities as a supplier of recycled paper grade materials.

Partial Chapter of the Table of Content:

Chapter 2    Executive Summary

2.1    Global containerboard industry 3600 synopsis, 2014 – 2025

2.1.1    Business trends

2.1.2    Regional trends

2.1.3    Product trends

2.1.4    Application trends

Chapter 3    Global Containerboard Industry Insights

3.1    Industry segmentation

3.2    Industry landscape, 2014 – 2025

3.3    Industry ecosystem analysis

3.3.1    Vendor Matrix

3.3.2    Distribution channel analysis

3.4    Regulatory landscape

3.5    Raw material analysis

3.6    Technology landscape

3.7    Pricing analysis

3.7.1    Kraft Liner

3.7.2    Test Liner

3.7.3    Recycled

3.7.4    Semi Chemical

3.7.5    White Top

3.8    Production Cost Analysis

3.9    Industry impact forces

3.9.1    Growth Drivers    Growing need for efficient packaging and transportation of personal care products order to avoid damage and spillage is likely to favor product demand    Increasing opportunities in pharmaceutical sector may boost industry size    Growing demand for processed food products owing to strong base of young population in the region is likely to drive industry size    Rising export of agriculture products is likely to surge containerboard market size

3.9.2    Industry pitfalls & challenges    Environmental impacts pertaining to manufacturing process of containerboards may hamper market growth

3.10    Innovation & sustainability

3.11    Growth potential analysis, 2018

3.11.1    Emerging business model

3.12    Porter’s analysis

3.13    Competitive landscape, 2018

3.13.1    Company market share analysis, 2018

3.13.2    Strategy dashboard

3.14    PESTEL analysis

Chapter 4    Global Containerboard Market, By Product

4.1    Key product trends

4.2    Linerboard

4.2.1    Global linerboard market, 2014-2025, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.2.2    Global linerboard market, 2014 – 2025, by region, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.2.3    Kraft liners    Global Kraft liners market, 2014-2025, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)    Global kraft liners  market, by region, 2014 – 2025,  (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.2.4    Test liners    Global test liners market, 2014-2025, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)    Global test liners  market, by region, 2014 – 2025,  (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.3    Corrugating medium

4.3.1    Global corrugating medium market, 2014-2025, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.3.2    Global corrugating medium market, by region, 2014 – 2025,  (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.3.3    Recycled    Global recycled corrugating medium market, 2014-2025, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)    Global recycled corrugating medium market, by region, 2014 – 2025,  (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.3.4    Semi chemical medium    Global semi chemical medium market, 2014-2025, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)    Global semi chemical medium market, by region, 2014 – 2025,  (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.4    White tops

4.4.1    Global white tops market, 2014-2025, (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

4.4.2    Global white top containerboard market, by region, 2014 – 2025,  (Kilo Tons) (Mn. sqr. mtrs) (USD Million)

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 In a nutshell, profits for containerboard manufacturers have climbed tremendously due to the rise in retail sales, while increased preference of deploying recycled materials has gradually transformed the overall packaging sector. Estimates suggest that the global containerboard market is poised to record annual remunerations of over US$250 billion by 2025, instigated by remarkable consumption of lightweight packaging solutions.

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