World Market for Paper Packaging Materials to Reach 223 Million Metric Tons by 2010, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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Increasing demands from end-use markets and penetration into new applications have resulted in significant technological developments in converting and manufacturing stages of paper packaging materials. Majority of international companies are striving for continuous improvement and innovation to effectively address the growing competition within the industry, and from substitute materials such as plastics.

Paper Packaging Materials: A Global Strategic Business Report

World market for Paper Packaging Materials is forecast to maintain a CAGR of over 2.76% over the years 2001-2010 and reach in excess of 223 million metric tons by the end of the decade. While Containerboard constitute major part of the paper packaging materials, Cartonboard also accounts for a significant share. The US represents the largest individual market for paper packaging materials worldwide. The market is forecast to reach 58.2 million metric tons by 2010, thus exhibiting a compounded annual growth rate of 2.02% during the period 2001-2010.

Containerboard market worldwide has witnessed significant changes regarding grade structures and product specifications, with share of waste-based grades increasing at a rapid rate. This can be reflected by the fact that share of waste-based grades grew from about 34% in 1980 to about 55.8% by 2004, mostly at the cost of virgin fiber-based grades. While North America and Western Europe continue to dominate the containerboard market worldwide, China and other markets of developing regions represent high growth potential markets. Though manufacturers from developed countries are cushioned by advanced technologies and easy availability of raw materials, they are likely to face stiff competition from Asian manufacturers, with price as major competitive factor.

Paperboard and corrugated boxes demand is expected to increase considerably over the next two years. A positive trend in this market would be an increase in non-durable products shipments, as they account for over 3/4th of demand for boxes. Growth in the market for durable goods, which utilize costly and large boxes, is identified as an important trigger factor. Other growth drivers include the strong beverage and food market, which is one of the biggest end-use markets for boxes. Increase in prepared and processed foods is also likely to stimulate the market, as they require attractive packaging to push sales. Premium box sectors such as printed are becoming more popular and are likely to drive demand for boxes.

Despite making inroads into several niche applications, paper packaging materials are increasingly replaced by plastic films and composites with enhanced properties, in traditional applications. Carry-out and prepared foods, beverage cartons and shipping sacks represent high growth potential areas for paper packaging, while the industry is likely to lose its share in milk cartons, retail bags/cartons and egg cartons.

Packaging materials market has traditionally been a large-scale industry, where product marketing was of relatively lesser importance. However, increased globalization in trade coupled with heightened environmental awareness levels have necessitated packaging materials providers to offer information regarding product characteristics, including raw materials used, manufacturing process and performance of the product in service. Besides, advancements in processing technologies have driven specialization within the industry, resulting in an ability to produce specialty products that effectively meet customer requirements.

Major companies covered include DS Smith PLC, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Holmen AB, International Paper Company, MeadWestvaco Corp., M-Real Oyj, Mayr-Melnhof Group, Oji Paper Co., Ltd., Smurfit Kappa Group plc, Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Stora Enso Oyj, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, UPM-Kymmene Corporation, and Weyerhaeuser Company.

"Paper Packaging Materials: A Global Strategic Business Report", published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, recent developments, mergers, acquisitions, profiles of major players and other strategic industry activities. Analysis is presented for major geographic markets such as US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Spain, Russia, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Analytics for the period 1991 through 2015 are provided in terms of Product segments including Containerboard, Cartonboard, Packaging & Wrapping Paper and Other Paperboard.

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