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Paper Packaging Market worth $467.33 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 4.63% – IndustryARC

Apr 22, 2024 7:00 PM ET

Paper Packaging Market worth $467.33 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 4.63% – IndustryARC

According to the latest market research report on the Paper Packaging Market, published by IndustryARC, Corrugated Boxes are estimated to experience the fastest CAGR of 5.75% during the forecast period of 2023-2028. Consumers all over the world are shifting their purchasing patterns to more environmentally friendly options as they become more aware of the risks that packaging poses to the environment. Manufacturers are under pressure from customers, the government, and the media to make their goods, packaging, and production methods more ecologically friendly.

The Paper Packaging Market research report is segmented By Product Type: Corrugated Boxes, Boxboard or Paperboard Cartoons, Flexible Papers, and Others, By End User: Food and Beverages, Healthcare, Personal Care, Electronics, and Others, By Raw Materials: Fresh Source, Recycled Waste, By Geography:  North America, Europe, APAC, and RoW, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the global market & industry forecast (2023 – 2028).

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APAC Anticipated to Show the Fastest Growth in the Market:

The Asia-Pacific region dominates the paper packaging market share with a CAGR of 6.29% during the forecast period (2023-2028). Various industries in the region are increasingly using lightweight and cost-effective paper-based packaging solutions to meet various needs. Corrugated cardboard is the most commonly used packaging material in the region, with around half of the total demand coming from China.

For instance, the Chinese e-commerce market is already well-established and has continued to expand over the past few years. The growth of e-commerce behemoths like Alibaba Group and is anticipated to stimulate the Chinese paper packaging market during the forecast period. Alibaba and set a new record in 2021 by selling almost $139 billion worth of goods across their respective platforms. In addition, a variety of other materials such as paperboard, folding carton have seen robust demand in recent years due to changing customer preferences and the growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions. Furthermore, technological advances and the use of novel manufacturing processes will contribute significantly to the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Paper Packaging Market 2023-2028: Scope of the Report

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Base Year Considered


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Market Size in 2028

$467.33 Billion

Segments Covered

By Product Type, By End User, By Raw Material, and By Region

Geographies Covered

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW

Key Market Players

1.      Westrock Inc.

2.      International Paper Company

3.      Smurfit Kappa Group

4.      Amcor

5.      Nine Dragon Paper

6.      Nippon Paper Industries Ltd.

7.      Tetra Pak International SA

8.      Packaging Corporation of America

9.      Mondi Group

10.  Sonoco Products Company


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Paper Packaging Market Report – Key Takeaways:

  • Corrugated boxes are Leading the Market

Corrugated boxes dominated the paper packaging market in 2022. Typically, packing materials or shipping containers are made of corrugated cardboard. corrugated cardboard boxes are the best for ensuring the security of the item they are carrying, especially over long distances shipments. This is due to the fact that they are composed of corrugated paper. With the rapid growth of e-commerce, there has been an increased demand for sturdy and protective packaging solutions. Corrugated boxes are favored for their durability and ability to safeguard products during shipping, making them a crucial choice for businesses operating in the online retail space. It is estimated that eCommerce will produce $5.42 trillion in annual sales in 2022. The trend towards sustainable packaging is also prevalent in the corrugated boxes segment. Many companies are opting for eco-friendly options such as recycled and recyclable corrugated materials. This aligns with consumer preferences for environmentally responsible packaging.

  • Fresh Source Is the Most Popular Raw Material

Fresh Source dominated the paper packaging market in 2022. In order to help extend shelf life, improve food quality and safety, give information, and issue warnings about potential hazards, fresh produce packaging trends are increasingly incorporating smart capabilities including sensing, detecting, tracing, recording, and communicating. Absorbers and emitters included in active packaging aid in maintaining food quality and preventing degradation. For instance, the Produce Marketing Association reported that fresh produce sales in the United States climbed by $4.5 billion between January and August 2020 in comparison to the same period in 2019. A survey done in July 2020 revealed that the majority of modern customers liked buying fresh food and were willing to pay more for it. The COVID-19 issue has also increased demand since individuals have attempted to load up as much fresh food as possible for sufficient use, There are numerous points of contact before it reaches the buyer, and there are multiple modes of transportation.

  • E-Commerce Momentum Driving Paper Packaging Market:

The momentum in the e-commerce industry is a significant driver of growth in the paper packaging market. The rise of online shopping has brought about changes in packaging requirements, preferences, and sustainability considerations. As online shopping expands quickly, e-commerce packaging has gained importance within the packaging business. Due to its durable construction and environmental benefits, rigid packaging, like corrugated packaging, is predicted to rule the market. E-commerce allows businesses to reach global customers. Paper packaging can often meet international sustainability standards more easily than plastics.

According to a survey by Two Sides conducted in the first quarter of 2020, 57% of the 5,700 Europeans polled preferred that online orders be delivered in paper or cardboard packaging, and 57% made an effort to use less plastic packaging. 70% of respondents said they preferred minimal or no packing, and 38% said they would pay extra for a product if it included in environmentally friendly packaging.

  • Sustainability of Raw Materials is hampering the market:

While paper is often considered a more eco-friendly choice compared to certain plastic materials, there are still sustainability challenges associated with its raw materials. sustainable sourcing of virgin wood fiber is essential to prevent deforestation and habitat loss.

One of the primary challenges with paper packaging is the potential for deforestation and habitat destruction. If the demand for paper is not managed sustainably, it can lead to negative impacts on biodiversity, local communities, and the overall health of forests. The paper industry relies on trees as a raw material. Unsustainable logging practices can lead to resource depletion and a loss of biodiversity in forests.

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Key Opportunity Analysis:

  • Government Regulation for Reducing Plastics Usage is an opportunity for the Paper Packing Market:

Governments have introduced regulations that mandate higher recycling rates for packaging materials. Paper packaging’s recyclability advantage positions it as a favorable option in compliance with these regulations.

Government policy and regulation will continue to be very important in determining the paper packaging market. There are various requirements that must be taken into account, such as The Green Deal, for any business thinking about launching a new e-commerce solution. Others are local in scope, while others are regional. The plastics packaging tax, which was implemented in January 2021 and is still spreading throughout member states, has the most direct influence on e-commerce packaging in Europe.

Governments often launch public awareness campaigns highlighting the environmental impact of plastic waste. This leads to increased consumer demand for products with paper packaging, seen as a more eco-friendly choice. Many governments have implemented bans or restrictions on single-use plastics, such as plastic bags. These bans create a void that paper packaging can fill, leading to increased demand for paper-based alternatives. For Instance, On January 14, 2022, the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2021 (the “Italian Decree”) that implements the Single-Use Plastic Directive (“SUPD”) came into effect.

  • Rapid Rise In Consumer Awareness Regarding Sustainable Packaging:

Consumers are increasingly aware of the negative environmental consequences associated with non-biodegradable and non-recyclable packaging materials like plastic. Paper packaging is often seen as a more sustainable alternative because it is biodegradable and recyclable, reducing the burden on landfills and minimizing pollution.

Many types of paper packaging can be easily recycled, promoting a circular economy where materials are reused rather than disposed of after a single use. Consumers appreciate products that are part of a sustainable recycling loop.

According to a survey by Two Sides conducted in the first quarter of 2020, 70% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed to take steps to reduce the use of plastic packaging. Consumers rank paper and cardboard packaging higher on the sustainability scale for factors including home compostability (72%), environmental friendliness (62%), and recycling ease (57%). 30% of customers believe that Europe has a recycling rate of more than 60%, making paper and cardboard packaging the most recycled material.

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The Report also Covers the Following Areas:

  • Paper Packaging Market Size and Forecast
  • Paper Packaging Market Trends
  • Paper Packaging Market Analysis by Type

Paper Packaging Market 2022-2028: Key Highlights

  • CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2023-2028
  • Value Chain analysis of key stakeholders
  • Detailed analysis of market drivers and opportunities during the forecast period
  • Paper Packaging Market size estimation and forecast
  • Analysis and predictions on end users’ behavior and upcoming trends
  • Competitive landscape and Vendor market analysis including offerings, developments, and financials
  • Comprehensive analysis of challenges and constraints in the Paper Packaging Market

Covid and Ukrainian Crisis Impact:

  • Global supply chains have been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 epidemic, which has had an effect on the pricing and availability of raw materials as well as the transit of completed goods. This has resulted in increased lead times, reduced production, and higher costs. Despite the fact that COVID-19 created supply chain interruptions. The need for paper packaging remained high. On the contrary, it has risen due to rising customer desire for home delivery, particularly for medications and beverages. During the pandemic, customers were more motivated to purchase their desired items through various online channels, resulting in a significant increase in e-commerce shipments. These developments benefited the worldwide paper packaging industry.
  • Conflicts between the Ukraine and Russia led to an increase in prices. Many companies have shut business in Russia; temporarily shutting down their plants in Ukraine. Additionally, the crisis in Ukraine has also led to a reduction in investments in the market as companies are hesitant to invest in a region that is facing political and economic instability. This could impact the supply and demand dynamics of the market.

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List of Top Companies in the Paper Packaging Market:

The Global Paper Packaging market is fragmented as the minority share is held by the leading Paper Packaging providers. The key companies profiled are listed below:

  • Westrock Inc.
  • International Paper Company
  • Smurfit Kappa Group
  • Amcor
  • Nine Dragon Paper
  • Nippon Paper Industries Ltd.
  • Tetra Pak International SA
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Mondi Group
  • Sonoco Products Company

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