Protective Packaging

Demand for protective packaging will benefit from strengthening Internet sales, using environmentally friendly materials like air pillows, paper fill products and custom boxes.

US demand to grow nearly 5% per year through 2019

Demand for protective packaging in the US is forecast to expand 4.9 percent per year to $6.8 billion in 2019, bolstered by strong gains in Internet shopping. As consumers purchase more products on-line, demand will increase for packaging which can protect these goods from shock, vibration, abrasion, and other damaging effects of shipping and handling. Continued growth in manu-facturing markets and acceleration in construction spending will also support increases for protective packaging, although gains will moderate from those during the 2009-2014 period.

Environmental concerns, Internet sales to change business model

The fulfillment of e-commerce sales will be the main driver of growth for protective packaging, supporting gains for products such as air pillows and protective mailers, which are used by various participants in the Internet shopping market. Large online retailers often use automated packaging machines to integrate inflated air pillows as a void fill material, while small businesses or entrepreneurs without access to major distribution and shipping facilities often use protective mailers, as these products are usually less costly to purchase and ship than rigid boxes. The burgeoning Internet-based grocery and meal-kit delivery market will support gains for products made from environmentally sustainable insulating products, such as reusable vacuum insulated panels and jute, as firms try to make their business as environmentally friendly as possible.

Environmental concerns will bring about a number of changes for protective packaging, primarily for goods delivered directly to consumers. For example, foam loose fill is being supplanted by air pillows and paper fill products in part due to concerns that foam is harmful to the environment. Likewise, the desire to reduce packaging weight and bulk has led to the introduction of packaging that is customized to the specific product. Custom boxes not only cut down on shipping costs, but can also serve as a marketing tool as firms look for ways to make shipping containers as aesthetically pleasing as display packaging. In manufacturing markets, environmental concerns will result in molded foams losing some share to molded pulp products for the shipment of both non-durable and durable goods. However, foam’s entrenched position in these markets will help to sustain its growth for some time.

Flexible packaging products, including protective mailers, bubble packaging, air pillows, paper fill products, and dunnage bags, will continue to dominate due to their cost efficiency and their ability to package a wide variety of goods. Foam protective packaging will comprise the second largest share of total demand, with established applications in manufacturing markets providing growth opportunities despite competition from rigid and flexible materials with more favorable environmental profiles. Foam products include insulated shipping containers, molded foams, foam-in-place polyurethane, rolled foam, and loose fill. Rigid protective packaging products account for the smallest portion of total demand. However, these products are expected to post healthy gains as molded pulp and paperboard protectors both benefit from a less variable pricing structure and trends toward sustainability.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $5.4 billion US protective packaging industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by function (cushioning, blocking and bracing, insulation, void fill, wrapping), market (manufacturing, non-manufacturing) and product (e.g., protective mailers, bubble packaging, air pillows, paper fill, dunnage bags, insulated shipping containers, molded foam, foam-in-place polyurethane, polyolefin rolled foam, loose fill, paperboard protectors, molded pulp). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 44 industry players, including Sealed Air, Sonoco Products, and Pregis.

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  1. Protective Packaging

    $5,400.00

  2. INTRODUCTION: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

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  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

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  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $95.00

  5. Overview

    $35.00

  6. PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2009 - 2024

    $60.00

  7. MARKET ENVIRONMENT: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $2,425.00

  8. General

    $35.00

  9. Macroeconomic Outlook (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  10. Macroeconomic Outlook (2 of 4)

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  11. Macroeconomic Outlook (3 of 4)

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  12. Macroeconomic Outlook (4 of 4)

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  13. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  14. Consumer Income & Spending Trends (1 of 2)

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  15. Consumer Income & Spending Trends (2 of 2)

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  16. PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  17. Demographic Trends (1 of 3)

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  18. Demographic Trends (2 of 3)

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  19. Demographic Trends (3 of 3)

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  20. POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons) 2004 - 2024

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  21. Manufacturing Outlook (1 of 4)

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  22. Manufacturing Outlook (2 of 4)

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  23. Manufacturing Outlook (3 of 4)

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  24. Manufacturing Outlook (4 of 4)

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  25. MANUFACTURERS’ SHIPMENTS 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  26. Electronic & Computer Trends (1 of 3)

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  27. Electronic & Computer Trends (2 of 3)

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  28. Electronic & Computer Trends (3 of 3)

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  29. ELECTRONIC & COMPUTER PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  30. Appliance Trends (1 of 2)

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  31. Appliance Trends (2 of 2)

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  32. MAJOR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS (million units) 2004 - 2024

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  33. Retail Sales Outlook (1 of 3)

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  34. Retail Sales Outlook (2 of 3)

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  35. Retail Sales Outlook (3 of 3)

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  36. RETAIL SALES (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  37. E-Commerce & Catalog Sales Outlook (1 of 3)

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  38. E-Commerce & Catalog Sales Outlook (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  39. E-Commerce & Catalog Sales Outlook (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  40. E-COMMERCE & MAIL ORDER SHOPPING SALES BY TYPE & PRODUCT (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  41. Packaging Industry Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  42. Packaging Industry Outlook (2 of 2)

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  43. PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  44. Box Industry Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  45. Box Industry Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  46. CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX SHIPMENTS BY TYPE (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  47. Plastic Resin Outlook (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  48. Plastic Resin Outlook (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  49. Plastic Resin Outlook (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  50. PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  51. Plastic Foams Outlook (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  52. Plastic Foams Outlook (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  53. Plastic Foams Outlook (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  54. PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  55. Protective Packaging: Environmental Considerations (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  56. Protective Packaging: Environmental Considerations (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  57. Protective Packaging: Environmental Considerations (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  58. Protective Packaging: Environmental Considerations (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  59. Protective Packaging: Regulatory Considerations (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  60. Protective Packaging: Regulatory Considerations (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  61. Protective Packaging: Regulatory Considerations (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  62. Protective Packaging: Pricing Trends (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  63. Protective Packaging: Pricing Trends (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  64. Protective Packaging: Pricing Trends (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  65. PROTECTIVE PACKAGING PRICES (dollars per pound) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  66. Protective Packaging: International Activity (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  67. Protective Packaging: International Activity (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  68. OVERVIEW: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $955.00

  69. General

    $35.00

  70. Protective Packaging: Types (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  71. Protective Packaging: Types (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  72. PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  73. Protective Packaging: Materials (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  74. Protective Packaging: Materials (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  75. PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  76. Protective Packaging: Functions

    $35.00

  77. PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY FUNCTION (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  78. Cushioning Function

    $35.00

  79. Blocking & Bracing Function

    $35.00

  80. Insulation Function (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  81. Insulation Function (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  82. Void Fill Function

    $35.00

  83. Wrapping Function

    $35.00

  84. Protective Packaging: Markets

    $35.00

  85. PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  86. Manufacturing Markets for Protective Packaging (1 of 2)

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  87. Manufacturing Markets for Protective Packaging (2 of 2)

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  88. MANUFACTURING MARKETS FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  89. Non-Manufacturing Markets for Protective Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  90. Non-Manufacturing Markets for Protective Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  91. NON-MANUFACTURING MARKETS FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  92. FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $1,295.00

  93. Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  94. Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  95. FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  96. Protective Mailers: Overview

    $35.00

  97. PROTECTIVE MAILER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  98. Protective Mailers: Materials & Applications (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  99. Protective Mailers: Materials & Applications (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  100. Protective Mailers: Producers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  101. Protective Mailers: Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  102. Bubble Packaging: Overview

    $35.00

  103. BUBBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  104. Bubble Packaging: Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  105. Bubble Packaging: Producers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  106. Bubble Packaging: Producers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  107. Bubble Packaging: Producers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  108. Air Pillows: Overview

    $35.00

  109. AIR PILLOW DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  110. Air Pillows: Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  111. Air Pillows: Producers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  112. Air Pillows: Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  113. Paper Fill: Overview

    $35.00

  114. PAPER FILL PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  115. Paper Fill: Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  116. Paper Fill: Producers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  117. Paper Fill: Producers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  118. Paper Fill: Producers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  119. Dunnage Bags: Overview

    $35.00

  120. DUNNAGE BAG DEMAND BY MATERIAL & MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  121. Dunnage Bags: Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  122. Dunnage Bags: Producers

    $35.00

  123. Other Flexible Protective Packaging

    $35.00

  124. OTHER FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  125. PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $1,980.00

  126. Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  127. Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  128. PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  129. Insulated Shipping Containers: Overview

    $35.00

  130. INSULATED SHIPPING CONTAINER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  131. Insulated Shipping Containers: Materials & Applications (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  132. Insulated Shipping Containers: Materials & Applications (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  133. Insulated Shipping Containers: Materials & Applications (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  134. Insulated Shipping Containers: Producers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  135. Insulated Shipping Containers: Producers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  136. Insulated Shipping Containers: Producers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  137. Molded Foam Protective Packaging: Overview

    $35.00

  138. MOLDED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  139. Molded Expanded Polystyrene Foam Packaging: Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  140. Molded Expanded Polystyrene Foam Packaging: Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  141. MOLDED EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  142. Molded Expanded Polystyrene Foam Packaging: Materials & Applications (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  143. Molded Expanded Polystyrene Foam Packaging: Materials & Applications (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  144. Molded Expanded Polystyrene Foam Packaging: Producers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  145. Molded Expanded Polystyrene Foam Packaging: Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  146. Molded Polyolefin Foam Packaging: Overview, Materials & Applications (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  147. Molded Polyolefin Foam Packaging: Overview, Materials & Applications (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  148. MOLDED POLYOLEFIN PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  149. Molded Polyolefin Foam Packaging: Producers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  150. Molded Polyolefin Foam Packaging: Producers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  151. Molded Polyolefin Foam Packaging: Producers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  152. Molded Polyurethane Foam Packaging: Overview

    $35.00

  153. MOLDED POLYURETHANE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  154. Molded Polyurethane Foam Packaging: Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  155. Molded Polyurethane Foam Packaging: Producers

    $35.00

  156. Foam-in-Place Polyurethane Packaging: Overview

    $35.00

  157. FOAM-IN-PLACE POLYURETHANE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  158. Foam-in-Place Polyurethane Packaging: Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  159. Foam-in-Place Polyurethane Packaging: Producers

    $35.00

  160. Polyolefin Rolled Foam Protective Packaging: Overview, Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  161. POLYOLEFIN ROLLED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  162. Polyolefin Rolled Foam Protective Packaging: Producers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  163. Polyolefin Rolled Foam Protective Packaging: Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  164. Loose Fill Packaging: Overview

    $35.00

  165. LOOSE FILL PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  166. Expanded Polystyrene Loose Fill (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  167. Expanded Polystyrene Loose Fill (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  168. EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE LOOSE FILL PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  169. Biodegradable Plastic Loose Fill (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  170. Biodegradable Plastic Loose Fill (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  171. BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC LOOSE FILL PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  172. Other Foam Protective Packaging

    $35.00

  173. OTHER PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  174. RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $695.00

  175. Overview

    $35.00

  176. RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  177. Paperboard Protectors: Overview

    $35.00

  178. PAPERBOARD PROTECTOR DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  179. Paperboard Protectors: Materials & Applications (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  180. Paperboard Protectors: Materials & Applications (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  181. Paperboard Protectors: Materials & Applications (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  182. Paperboard Protectors: Producers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  183. Paperboard Protectors: Producers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  184. Paperboard Protectors: Producers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  185. Molded Pulp: Overview

    $35.00

  186. MOLDED PULP PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  187. Molded Pulp: Materials & Applications

    $35.00

  188. Molded Pulp: Producers

    $35.00

  189. Other Rigid Protective Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  190. Other Rigid Protective Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  191. OTHER RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  192. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $825.00

  193. General

    $35.00

  194. US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2014 (million dollars) (1 of 2)

    $60.00

  195. US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2014 (million dollars) (2 of 2)

    $60.00

  196. Market Share

    $35.00

  197. US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET SHARE BY LEADING COMPANIES, 2014 (percent)

    $60.00

  198. Market Leaders (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  199. Market Leaders (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  200. Market Leaders (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  201. Market Leaders (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  202. Acquisitions & Divestitures (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  203. Acquisitions & Divestitures (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  204. SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

    $60.00

  205. Marketing & Distribution (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  206. Marketing & Distribution (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  207. PROTECTIVE PACKAGING INDUSTRY FLOW CHART

    $35.00

  208. Competitive Strategies (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  209. Competitive Strategies (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  210. Cooperative Agreements (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  211. Cooperative Agreements (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  212. SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

    $60.00

  213. COMPANY PROFILES: PROTECTIVE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $2,170.00

  214. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  215. ACH Foam Technologies

    $35.00

  216. Alpek SAB de CV (Styropek)

    $35.00

  217. American Excelsior Company

    $35.00

  218. Automated Packaging Systems

    $35.00

  219. Barnhardt Manufacturing Company

    $35.00

  220. BASF SE

    $35.00

  221. Bayer AG (Covestro)

    $35.00

  222. Buckeye Corrugated

    $35.00

  223. Caraustar Industries (Newark Group)

    $35.00

  224. Carpenter Company

    $35.00

  225. Cascades Incorporated (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  226. Cascades Incorporated (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  227. Cascades Incorporated (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  228. Cellofoam North America

    $35.00

  229. Cold Chain Technologies (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  230. Cold Chain Technologies (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  231. Ecovative Design

    $35.00

  232. Foam Fabricators

    $35.00

  233. Free-Flow Packaging International

    $35.00

  234. Great Northern

    $35.00

  235. Huntington Foam

    $35.00

  236. Huntsman Corporation

    $35.00

  237. Jarden Corporation (Lifoam)

    $35.00

  238. Landaal Packaging Systems

    $35.00

  239. Marko Foam Products

    $35.00

  240. Menasha Corporation (ORBIS) (LEWISBINS+)

    $35.00

  241. NOVA Chemicals

    $35.00

  242. Packaging Corporation of America (Hexacomb) (Tharco)

    $35.00

  243. Polar Tech Industries

    $35.00

  244. Polyair Inter Pack

    $35.00

  245. Pregis Corporation (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  246. Pregis Corporation (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  247. Pregis Corporation (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  248. Protective Packaging Solutions

    $35.00

  249. Ranpak Corporation

    $35.00

  250. Ring Companies (RAPAC)

    $35.00

  251. Rogers Foam

    $35.00

  252. Sealed Air (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  253. Sealed Air (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  254. Sealed Air (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  255. Sealed Air (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  256. Signode Industrial Group (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  257. Signode Industrial Group (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  258. Smurfit Kappa Group (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  259. Smurfit Kappa Group (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  260. Sonoco Products Company (RTS Packaging) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  261. Sonoco Products Company (RTS Packaging) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  262. Specialized Packaging Group (iVEX) (Induspac) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  263. Specialized Packaging Group (iVEX) (Induspac) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  264. Storopack Hans Reichenecker (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  265. Storopack Hans Reichenecker (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  266. TCP Reliable

    $35.00

  267. 3M Company

    $35.00

  268. True Pack

    $35.00

  269. UFP Technologies

    $35.00

  270. Valley Container

    $35.00

  271. WestRock Company (RTS Packaging) (SP Fiber) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  272. WestRock Company (RTS Packaging) (SP Fiber) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  273. Additional Companies in Protective Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  274. Additional Companies in Protective Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  275. Additional Companies in Protective Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

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