Protective Packaging

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Growth will be driven by recoveries in manufacturing and construction markets, and by continued robust growth in Internet shopping, buoyed by more mobile access to retailer websites .

US demand to rise 4.5% annually through 2018

Protective packaging demand in the US is projected to increase 4.5 percent per year to $6.4 billion in 2018, an improvement from the 2008-2013 performance based on a strengthening of the economy, including recoveries in the manufacturing and construction segments, which were hit hard during the 2007-2009 recession. Continued robust growth is also expected for Internet shopping, buoyed by the convenience of mobile access to retailer websites along with an improved outlook for consumer spending. These factors will necessitate heightened requirements for cost-effective packaging used in the protection of goods from shock, vibration, abrasion, and other damaging effects of shipping and handling.

Air pillows, insulated shipping containers among best opportunities

The fulfillment of e-commerce sales will be the most significant driver of growth for protective packaging, supporting healthy gains for products such as protective mailers, air pillows, and bubble packaging. Air pillows will be among the fastest growing protective packaging products, with gains benefiting from advantages over other void-fill materials in terms of cost-effectiveness and reduced material use. Advances will also reflect solid gains for value-added products such as insulated shipping containers, the result of expanding specialized handling requirements for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, a growing regulatory focus on compliance with storage temperature limit requirements, and increased online sales of perishable foods.

In addition to an upswing in manufacturing output, protective packaging demand growth in the manufacturing market will be aided by the shifting of some basic manufacturing operations back to the US, a reversal of the outsourcing trend of recent decades that has limited domestic manufacturing gains. These factors will bode well for related protective packaging, especially plastic foam, molded pulp, and paperboard protectors. Advantages of molded foams include light weight; relatively low cost; excellent cushioning, blocking, and bracing capabilities; and suitability for customization. Rolled foams provide good cushioning and abrasion resistance performance along with the ability to protect items that are irregularly shaped. Molded pulp will continue to make inroads into molded foam applications as product manufacturers increasingly focus on the sustainability of their packaging, especially in light of retailer initiatives that rate vendors more highly when their packaging meets certain guidelines. Healthy growth for warehouse clubs and home center stores will benefit edge protection products, as these items are used to unitize and stack pallets of manufactured goods for shipping to retailers.

Study coverage

This study analyzes the $5.1 billion US protective packaging industry. It presents historical demand data for 2003, 2008 and 2013, and forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by function (cushioning, blocking and bracing, insulation, void-fill, wrapping), market (manufacturing, non-manufacturing) and protective packaging product (e.g., flexible, rigid, plastic foam).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 42 industry players, including Sealed Air, Sonoco Products and Pregis.

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  1. Protective Packaging

    $5,300.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $130.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $146.00

      1. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,753.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $217.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Consumer Income & Spending Trends

        $128.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      4. 3.4 Demographic Trends

        $190.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      5. 3.5 Manufacturing Outlook

        $190.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      6. 3.6 Electronic & Computer Trends

        $214.00

        1. Table | ELECTRONIC & COMPUTER PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

      7. 3.7 Appliance Trends

        $107.00

        1. Table | MAJOR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS

      8. 3.8 Retail Sales Outlook

        $194.00

        1. Table | RETAIL SALES

      9. 3.9 Internet & Catalog Sales Outlook

        $219.00

        1. Table | ELECTRONIC & MAIL ORDER SHOPPING SALES BY TYPE & PRODUCT

      10. 3.10 Packaging Industry Outlook

        $128.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND

      11. 3.11 Box Industry Outlook

        $122.00

        1. Table | CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX SHIPMENTS BY TYPE

      12. 3.12 Plastic Resin Outlook

        $103.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

      13. 3.13 Plastic Foams Outlook

        $162.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN

      14. 3.14 Environmental Considerations

        $248.00

      15. 3.15 Regulatory Considerations

        $159.00

      16. 3.16 Pricing Trends

        $180.00

        1. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING PRICING

      17. 3.17 International Activity

        $126.00

    4. 4 OVERVIEW

      $990.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Products

        $132.00

        1. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

      3. 4.3 Materials

        $185.00

        1. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        2. CHART III-1 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL, 2013

      4. 4.4 Functions

        $360.00

        1. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY FUNCTION

        2. CHART III-2 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY FUNCTION, 2013

        3. 4.4.1 Cushioning

          $82.00

        4. 4.4.2 Blocking & Bracing

          $94.00

        5. 4.4.3 Insulation

          $82.00

        6. 4.4.4 Void-Fill

          $82.00

        7. 4.4.5 Wrapping

          $82.00

      5. 4.5 Markets

        $257.00

        1. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-3 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

        3. 4.5.1 Manufacturing

          $141.00

          1. Table | MANUFACTURING MARKET FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

        4. 4.5.2 Non-Manufacturing

          $82.00

          1. Table | NON-MANUFACTURING MARKET FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

    5. 5 FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

      $1,462.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $104.00

        1. Table | FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART IV-1 FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013

      2. 5.2 Protective Mailers

        $308.00

        1. Table | PROTECTIVE MAILER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET

        2. 5.2.1 Materials & Applications

          $97.00

        3. 5.2.2 Producers

          $126.00

      3. 5.3 Bubble Packaging

        $247.00

        1. Table | BUBBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 5.3.1 Materials & Applications

          $82.00

        3. 5.3.2 Producers

          $144.00

      4. 5.4 Air Pillows

        $315.00

        1. Table | AIR PILLOW DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 5.4.1 Materials & Applications

          $86.00

        3. 5.4.2 Producers

          $160.00

      5. 5.5 Paper Fill

        $305.00

        1. Table | PAPER FILL PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 5.5.1 Materials & Applications

          $82.00

        3. 5.5.2 Producers

          $175.00

      6. 5.6 Dunnage Bags

        $142.00

        1. Table | DUNNAGE BAG DEMAND BY MATERIAL & MARKET

        2. 5.6.1 Materials & Applications

          $82.00

        3. 5.6.2 Producers

          $82.00

      7. 5.7 Other Flexible Protective Packaging

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND

    6. 6 RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

      $1,249.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $127.00

        1. Table | RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART V-1 RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013

      2. 6.2 Insulated Shipping Containers

        $508.00

        1. Table | INSULATED SHIPPING CONTAINER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MARKET

        2. 6.2.1 Materials

          $143.00

        3. 6.2.2 Applications

          $105.00

        4. 6.2.3 Producers

          $171.00

      3. 6.3 Paperboard Protectors

        $358.00

        1. Table | PAPERBOARD PROTECTOR DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 6.3.1 Materials & Applications

          $150.00

        3. 6.3.2 Producers

          $149.00

      4. 6.4 Molded Pulp

        $173.00

        1. Table | MOLDED PULP PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 6.4.1 Materials & Applications

          $82.00

        3. 6.4.2 Producers

          $82.00

      5. 6.5 Other Rigid Protective Packaging

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND

    7. 7 PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

      $1,883.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $129.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND

        2. CHART VI-1 PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND, 2013

      2. 7.2 Molded Foam

        $873.00

        1. Table | MOLDED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND

        2. 7.2.1 Expanded Polystyrene

          $367.00

          1. Table | MOLDED EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        3. 7.2.2 Polyolefins

          $281.00

          1. Table | MOLDED POLYOLEFIN PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        4. 7.2.3 Polyurethane

          $143.00

          1. Table | MOLDED POLYURETHANE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

      3. 7.3 Foam-in-Place Polyurethane

        $205.00

        1. Table | FOAM-IN-PLACE POLYURETHANE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 7.3.1 Materials & Applications

          $82.00

        3. 7.3.2 Producers

          $92.00

      4. 7.4 Polyolefin Rolled Foam

        $209.00

        1. Table | POLYOLEFIN ROLLED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 7.4.1 Materials & Applications

          $82.00

        3. 7.4.2 Producers

          $123.00

      5. 7.5 Loose-Fill

        $368.00

        1. Table | LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. 7.5.1 Expanded Polystyrene Loose-Fill

          $142.00

          1. Table | EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND

        3. 7.5.2 Biodegradable Plastic Loose-Fill

          $141.00

          1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND

      6. 7.6 Other Foams

        $98.00

        1. Table | OTHER PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,333.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $121.00

        1. Table | US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2013

      2. 8.2 Market Share

        $290.00

        1. CHART VII-1 US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET SHARE, 2013

      3. 8.3 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $156.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 8.4 Marketing & Distribution

        $140.00

        1. CHART VII-2 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING INDUSTRY FLOW CHART

      5. 8.5 Competitive Strategies

        $148.00

      6. 8.6 Cooperative Agreements

        $125.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      7. 8.7 Company Profiles

        $5,099.00

        1. 8.7.1 ACH Foam Technologies LLC

          $107.00

        2. 8.7.2 American Excelsior Company

          $82.00

        3. 8.7.3 Automated Packaging Systems Incorporated

          $88.00

        4. 8.7.4 Barnhardt Manufacturing Company

          $82.00

        5. 8.7.5 BASF SE

          $86.00

        6. 8.7.6 Bayer AG

          $82.00

        7. 8.7.7 Buckeye Corrugated Incorporated

          $82.00

        8. 8.7.8 Caraustar Industries Incorporated

          $100.00

        9. 8.7.9 Carpenter Company

          $82.00

        10. 8.7.10 Cascades Incorporated

          $245.00

        11. 8.7.11 Cellofoam North America Incorporated

          $82.00

        12. 8.7.12 Cold Chain Technologies Incorporated

          $135.00

        13. 8.7.13 Ecovative Design LLC

          $82.00

        14. 8.7.14 Foam Fabricators Incorporated

          $91.00

        15. 8.7.15 Free-Flow Packaging International Incorporated

          $157.00

        16. 8.7.16 Great Northern Corporation

          $92.00

        17. 8.7.17 Huntington Foam LLC

          $82.00

        18. 8.7.18 Huntsman Corporation

          $82.00

        19. 8.7.19 Illinois Tool Works Incorporated

          $270.00

        20. 8.7.20 Jarden Corporation

          $99.00

        21. 8.7.21 Landaal Packaging Systems Incorporated

          $82.00

        22. 8.7.22 Marko Foam Products Incorporated

          $86.00

        23. 8.7.23 Menasha Corporation

          $121.00

        24. 8.7.24 NOVA Chemicals Corporation

          $91.00

        25. 8.7.25 Packaging Corporation of America

          $160.00

        26. 8.7.26 Pak-Lite Incorporated

          $82.00

        27. 8.7.27 Polar Tech Industries Incorporated

          $119.00

        28. 8.7.28 Polyair Inter Pack Incorporated

          $128.00

        29. 8.7.29 Pregis Corporation

          $315.00

        30. 8.7.30 Ranpak Corporation

          $97.00

        31. 8.7.31 Ring Companies

          $82.00

        32. 8.7.32 Rock-Tenn Company

          $243.00

        33. 8.7.33 Rogers Foam Corporation

          $82.00

        34. 8.7.34 Sealed Air Corporation

          $439.00

        35. 8.7.35 Sonoco Products Company

          $175.00

        36. 8.7.36 Specialized Packaging Group LP

          $180.00

        37. 8.7.37 Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH

          $161.00

        38. 8.7.38 TCP Reliable Incorporated

          $147.00

        39. 8.7.39 3M Company

          $82.00

        40. 8.7.40 True Pack Limited

          $82.00

        41. 8.7.41 UFP Technologies Incorporated

          $162.00

      8. 8.8 Additional Companies in Protective Packaging

        $163.00

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