Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

As Quoted In Powder & Bulk Solids

Gains will be driven by a rebound and reshoring of manufacturing activity, and heightened demand for boxes that feature high quality graphics or are constructed in display-ready form.

US demand to rise 2.6% annually through 2018

Corrugated and paperboard box demand in the US is forecast to increase 2.6 percent per year to $39.4 billion in 2018, improving from the performance of the recession-impacted 2008-2013 period. Gains will be driven by a rebound in manufacturing output and continued expansion of the overall economy. Growth will also benefit from heightened demand for value added box types such as those that feature high quality graphics and printing or are constructed in display-ready form. Moreover, the trend of “reshoring” or “onshoring” of some manufacturing activity will counter the outsourcing of production to low labor cost regions that has restricted growth for manufacturing and the box industry.

Corrugated & solid fiber boxes to remain dominant

Corrugated and solid fiber box demand will expand more rapidly than that for folding cartons and set-up boxes through 2018. Growth will be fueled by a recovery in the manufacturing sector, especially in the output of food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and other nondurables. Other factors will include an improved outlook for consumer spending, a rebound in construction activity, and continued rapid growth for online shopping. Box production volume will rebound from declines of the past decade but will be moderated by lighter weight containerboard and pressures to reduce excess packaging.

Folding carton demand is projected to increase at a slower than average annual pace through 2018, held back by competition from other packaging formats -- particularly flexible packaging. Still, prospects will benefit from a rebound in nondurable goods output, expanded opportunities in carryout food applications, and paper-based packaging’s appeal as part of sustainability efforts. Set-up box demand will also see relatively slow increases based on competition from less costly alternatives such as folding cartons and plastic containers. Ongoing demand will be helped by an improved outlook for discretionary spending and set-up boxes’ entrenched position as upscale packaging for premium confectionery products and fragrances.

Food & Beverages market to remain dominant

Food and beverages, which accounted for 50 percent of total box demand in 2013, are the largest single box market. Gains will be similar to the overall average and will be supported by accelerated growth in output of food and beverages along with rising demand for value added box types such as display ready and moisture-resistant boxes. Demand for boxes in nonfood nondurables uses comprised 30 percent of total demand in 2013. Among segments of this market, chemicals and pharmaceuticals will post above average growth while paper and publishing applications will advance more slowly.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes, presents historical demand data (2003, 2008, 2013) and forecasts (2018, 2023) by material (e.g., paperboard, adhesives, inks, waxes), product (e.g., corrugated and solid fiber boxes, folding paperboard boxes, set-up paperboard boxes), and market (e.g., food and beverages, nonfood nondurable goods, durable goods, nonmanufacturing). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 31 industry players, including International Paper, Rock-Tenn and Graphic Packaging.

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  1. Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

    $5,300.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $118.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $119.00

      1. Table | CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,312.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $186.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic & Household Trends

        $161.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending

        $115.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      5. 3.5 Manufacturing

        $160.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      6. 3.6 Retail Sales

        $160.00

        1. Table | RETAIL SALES

      7. 3.7 Internet & Catalog Sales Outlook

        $143.00

        1. Table | E-COMMERCE & MAIL ORDER SHOPPING SALES

      8. 3.8 Packaging Industry Overview

        $267.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. 3.8.1 Paper

          $82.00

        3. 3.8.2 Plastic

          $82.00

        4. 3.8.3 Metal

          $82.00

        5. 3.8.4 Glass & Wood

          $82.00

      9. 3.9 Competitive Packaging Materials

        $310.00

        1. 3.9.1 Sustainability

          $88.00

        2. 3.9.2 Aesthetics

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 Historical Market Trends

        $124.00

        1. Table | CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX MARKET, 2003-2013

        2. CHART II-1 CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX MARKET, 2003-2013

      11. 3.11 Pricing Trends & Product Mix

        $136.00

        1. Table | CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX PRICING

      12. 3.12 Paperboard Pricing Trends

        $123.00

        1. CHART II-2 PAPERBOARD PRICING, 2003-2013

      13. 3.13 Environmental & Regulatory Issues

        $150.00

      14. 3.14 World Markets

        $93.00

      15. 3.15 Foreign Trade

        $119.00

        1. Table | FOREIGN TRADE IN CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOXES

    4. 4 MATERIALS

      $1,464.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Supply & Demand

        $676.00

        1. Table | PAPERBOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. 4.2.1 Unbleached Kraft Board

          $185.00

          1. Table | UNBLEACHED KRAFT BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND

        3. 4.2.2 Recycled Board

          $151.00

          1. Table | RECYCLED BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND

        4. 4.2.3 Semichemical Board

          $91.00

          1. Table | SEMICHEMICAL BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND

        5. 4.2.4 Bleached Kraft Board

          $123.00

          1. Table | BLEACHED KRAFT BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND

      3. 4.3 Paperboard Consumption in Boxes

        $373.00

        1. Table | PAPERBOARD CONSUMPTION IN BOXES BY GRADE & BOX TYPE

        2. CHART III-1 PAPERBOARD CONSUMPTION IN BOXES BY GRADE, 2013

        3. 4.3.1 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes

          $108.00

          1. Table | PAPERBOARD CONSUMPTION IN CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOXES BY MATERIAL & GRADE

        4. 4.3.2 Folding Paperboard Boxes

          $164.00

          1. Table | PAPERBOARD CONSUMPTION IN FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOXES

        5. 4.3.3 Set-Up Paperboard Boxes

          $82.00

          1. Table | PAPERBOARD CONSUMPTION IN SET-UP PAPERBOARD BOXES

      4. 4.4 Other Materials Consumption in Boxes

        $374.00

        1. Table | OTHER MATERIALS CONSUMPTION IN CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOXES

        2. 4.4.1 Adhesives

          $91.00

        3. 4.4.2 Inks

          $121.00

        4. 4.4.3 Waxes & Wax Alternatives

          $117.00

    5. 5 PRODUCTS

      $1,637.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $137.00

        1. Table | CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND

      2. 5.2 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes

        $729.00

        1. Table | CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. 5.2.1 Products

          $82.00

        3. 5.2.2 Capacity

          $107.00

          1. CHART IV-1 US CORRUGATED CAPACITY, YEAR-END 2013

        4. 5.2.3 Constructions

          $82.00

          1. Table | CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX PRODUCTION BY CONSTRUCTION

        5. 5.2.4 Strength Requirements

          $82.00

        6. 5.2.5 Mini-Flute Corrugated Boxes

          $106.00

          1. Table | MINI-FLUTE CORRUGATED BOX SHIPMENTS

        7. 5.2.6 High Quality Printing

          $96.00

        8. 5.2.7 Markets

          $97.00

          1. Table | CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX DEMAND BY MARKET

          2. CHART IV-2 CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

      3. 5.3 Folding Paperboard Boxes

        $638.00

        1. Table | FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. 5.3.1 Products

          $322.00

          1. Table | WINDOWED PAPERBOARD BOX SHIPMENTS BY MARKET

        3. 5.3.2 Markets

          $163.00

          1. Table | FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET

          2. CHART IV-3 FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

      4. 5.4 Set-Up Paperboard Boxes

        $132.00

        1. Table | SET-UP PAPERBOARD BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART IV-4 SET-UP PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

    6. 6 MARKETS

      $3,950.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $128.00

        1. Table | CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART V-1 CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

      2. 6.2 Food & Beverages

        $1,357.00

        1. 6.2.1 Food & Beverage Industry Outlook

          $153.00

          1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.2.2 Box Demand

          $1,055.00

          1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE BOX MARKET

          2. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD BOX MARKET

          3. Table | BEVERAGE BOX MARKET

          4. Table | FRESH PRODUCE BOX MARKET

          5. Table | GRAIN MILL PRODUCT BOX MARKET

          6. Table | FROZEN FOOD BOX MARKET

          7. Table | CANNED FOOD BOX MARKET

          8. Table | DAIRY PRODUCT BOX MARKET

          9. Table | BAKERY PRODUCT BOX MARKET

          10. Table | CANDY & CONFECTION BOX MARKET

          11. Table | OTHER FOOD BOX MARKETS

        3. 6.2.3 Box Types

          $117.00

          1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE BOX DEMAND BY TYPE

      3. 6.3 Nonfood Nondurable Goods

        $1,237.00

        1. Table | NONFOOD NONDURABLE GOODS BOX MARKET

        2. 6.3.1 Paper & Publishing

          $242.00

          1. Table | PAPER & PUBLISHING SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | PAPER & PUBLISHING BOX MARKET

        3. 6.3.2 Chemical & Pharmaceutical Products

          $617.00

          1. Table | CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE

          3. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL BOX MARKET

          4. Table | COSMETIC & TOILETRY BOX MARKET

          5. Table | CLEANING CHEMICAL BOX MARKET

          6. Table | OTHER CHEMICAL PRODUCTS BOX MARKET

        4. 6.3.3 Other Nondurable Goods

          $343.00

          1. Table | OTHER NONDURABLE GOODS BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE

      4. 6.4 Durable Goods

        $902.00

        1. Table | DURABLE GOODS BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE

        2. 6.4.1 Machinery & Equipment

          $240.00

          1. Table | MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT BOX MARKET

        3. 6.4.2 Fabricated Metal Products

          $150.00

          1. Table | SELECTED FABRICATED METAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | METAL PRODUCT BOX DEMAND

        4. 6.4.3 Other Durable Goods

          $436.00

          1. Table | OTHER DURABLE GOODS BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE

      5. 6.5 Nonmanufacturing

        $325.00

        1. Table | NONMANUFACTURING BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE

        2. 6.5.1 Foodservice & Carry-Out

          $109.00

        3. 6.5.2 Retail Shipping

          $92.00

        4. 6.5.3 Moving, Storage, &Other

          $82.00

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,257.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $179.00

        1. Table | US CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX SALES BY COMPANY, 2013

      2. 7.2 Market Share

        $319.00

        1. CHART VI-1 US CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX MARKET SHARE, 2013

        2. 7.2.1 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes

          $82.00

          1. CHART VI-2 CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX MARKET SHARE, 2013

        3. 7.2.2 Folding Paperboard Boxes

          $82.00

          1. CHART VI-3 FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOX MARKET SHARE, 2013

      3. 7.3 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $230.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 7.4 Manufacturing

        $88.00

      5. 7.5 Marketing

        $93.00

      6. 7.6 Distribution Strategies

        $82.00

      7. 7.7 Competitive Strategies

        $110.00

      8. 7.8 Cooperative Agreements

        $135.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 7.9 Regional Dynamics

        $82.00

      10. 7.10 Company Profiles

        $3,885.00

        1. 7.10.1 Americraft Carton Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 7.10.2 Atlas Holdings LLC

          $82.00

        3. 7.10.3 Bell Incorporated

          $82.00

        4. 7.10.4 Caraustar Industries Incorporated

          $107.00

        5. 7.10.5 Cascades Incorporated

          $339.00

        6. 7.10.6 Clearwater Paper Corporation

          $82.00

        7. 7.10.7 Clondalkin Group Holdings BV

          $82.00

        8. 7.10.8 Fruit Growers Supply Company

          $82.00

        9. 7.10.9 Graphic Packaging Holding Company

          $127.00

        10. 7.10.10 Green Bay Packaging Incorporated

          $103.00

        11. 7.10.11 Greif Incorporated

          $104.00

        12. 7.10.12 Hood Companies

          $82.00

        13. 7.10.13 Huhtamaki Oyj

          $82.00

        14. 7.10.14 International Paper Company

          $274.00

        15. 7.10.15 Interstate Resources Incorporated

          $82.00

        16. 7.10.16 KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation

          $202.00

        17. 7.10.17 Koch Industries Incorporated

          $204.00

        18. 7.10.18 Malnove Incorporated

          $82.00

        19. 7.10.19 McLean Packaging Corporation

          $82.00

        20. 7.10.20 MeadWestvaco Corporation

          $136.00

        21. 7.10.21 Menasha Corporation

          $165.00

        22. 7.10.22 Multi Packaging Solutions Incorporated

          $124.00

        23. 7.10.23 Newark Group Incorporated

          $145.00

        24. 7.10.24 Packaging Corporation of America

          $176.00

        25. 7.10.25 PaperWorks Industries Incorporated

          $121.00

        26. 7.10.26 Rock-Tenn Company

          $364.00

        27. 7.10.27 Schwarz Partners LP

          $92.00

        28. 7.10.28 Smurfit Kappa Group plc

          $94.00

        29. 7.10.29 Sonoco Products Company

          $121.00

        30. 7.10.30 US Corrugated Incorporated

          $82.00

        31. 7.10.31 Visy Proprietary Limited

          $126.00

      11. 7.11 Additional Companies in Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

        $82.00

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