Coated and Laminated Paper Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Updated by IBISWorld. Import Competition Stiff; Paper Bag Initiatives Fuel Demand

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The Coated and Laminated Paper Manufacturing industry experienced a moderate decline over the five years to 2011, with revenue decreasing at an average of 2.5% per year. During the recession, weak output in downstream industries, such as cement manufacturing, label making, printing and publishing, hampered demand for coated paper and flexible packaging. One customer market that remained relatively unchanged over the five-year period, however, was the food and beverage industry, to which paper manufacturers sell a significant portion of their products. Profitability in the industry has declined from 4.9% in 2006 to an estimated 3.6% in 2011. Competition has intensified among domestic operators and lower-priced imports, making it difficult for companies to pass higher costs onto consumers and profit margins have fallen as a result.

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The industry is in the decline stage of its economic life cycle, as indicated by high levels of competition, poorer returns on investment and lower profitability

The Coated and Laminated Paper Manufacturing industry experienced a moderate decline over the five years to 2011, with revenue decreasing at an average of 2.5% per year. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Caitlin Moldvay “during the recession, weak output in downstream industries, such as cement manufacturing, label making, printing and publishing, hampered demand for coated paper and flexible packaging. One customer market that remained relatively unchanged over the five-year period, however, was the food and beverage industry, to which paper manufacturers sell a significant portion of their products.”

Operating conditions were particularly poor in 2008 and 2009. Revenue drops in those years were mainly caused by decreased demand for advertising and poor operating conditions in cement manufacturing. The depreciated US dollar aided industry exports, however, and has led to growth opportunities for some operators. As a result, exports increased from 17.7% of industry revenue in 2006 to an estimated 23.1% in 2011, representing an average annual rise of 2.9%. Also, renewed business and consumer spending in 2010 and 2011 led to rising demand for packaging, print-based advertising and specialized paper products.

The US dollar is forecast to continue depreciating, at an annual rate of 0.2%, making imports relatively more expensive and exports cheaper. Furthermore, Moldvay adds, “environmental concerns are expected to drive industry growth as states consider banning plastic bags at grocery stores. To improve growth in the industry, companies will increasingly move into the development and sale of innovative and higher-value products to attract sales in niche markets. As a result of these trends, IBISWorld expects revenue to increase over the coming five years.”

Market share concentration within the Coated and Laminated Paper Manufacturing industry is low, although the top four producers account for 36.9% of total industry revenue. The level of concentration within the industry rose over the past five years. Companies such as Bemis gained a significant market share primarily because of its aggressive acquisitions. The industry is characterized by a large number of medium-size businesses, with about 655 firms currently operating. The number of companies in the industry fell slightly over the past five years; in 2006 there were 700 enterprises. The second major player identified in the report is Avery Dennison Corporation. There is sufficient competition in the industry Moldvay says “to ensure that no single operator has the ability to take a large share of the market. However, the industry is in the decline stage of its economic life cycle, as indicated by high levels of competition, poorer returns on investment and low profitability for most companies.”

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Operators in this industry purchase raw materials such as paper and paperboard and process them with plastic, clay, latex and metal to create products including coated or laminated paper and packaging, paper and multiwall bags and laminated aluminum foil for flexible packaging. This industry does not include firms that manufacture paper from pulp, photosensitive paper, textile bags or plastic laminated bags.

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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