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Jul 10, 2024

The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market- An Emerging frontrunner in environmental sustainability.

InsightAce Analytic Pvt. Ltd. announces the release of a market assessment report on the "Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Grade (Solid Breached Sulfate, Coated Unbleached Kraft Paperboard, Folding Boxboard, White Lined Chipboard, Glassine & Greaseproof Paper, Label Paper), Type (Corrugated Box, Boxboard, Flexible Paper), Application(Food, Beverage, Healthcare, Personal & Healthcare, Others)- Market Outlook And Industry Analysis 2031"


The Global Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market is valued at US$ 205.26 billion in 2023, and it is expected to reach US$ 296.66 billion by 2031, with a CAGR of 4.82% during the forecast period of 2024-2031.


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Paper and paperboard packaging, made from wood pulp or layered paper, is prized across diverse industries for its strength, versatility, and eco-friendly attributes. It effectively safeguards products during transport and storage with its robust yet lightweight composition. Its superior printability makes it an ideal choice for branding and labeling, enhancing its appeal in sectors such as food and beverages, personal care, healthcare, and consumer goods.


A key driver of the global paper and paperboard packaging market's growth is its sustainability. Biodegradable and recyclable, it offers a more environmentally friendly option compared to plastic, metal, and glass alternatives. This aligns with increasing consumer and regulatory emphasis on sustainable packaging solutions. Moreover, its cost-effectiveness appeals to businesses seeking efficient packaging solutions that also support their environmental goals.


List of Prominent Players in the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market:

  • Amcor Plc
  • Atlantic Packaging
  • Cascades Inc.
  • Clearwater Paper Corporation
  • DS Smith Plc.
  • Fedrigoni S.P.A.
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • International Paper Company
  • ITC Limited
  • Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG
  • Metsa Group
  • Mondi Group
  • Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.
  • Oji Holdings Corporation
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Rengo Co., Ltd.
  • Shandong Bohui Paper Company Ltd.
  • Smurfit Kappa Group Plc.
  • Sonoco
  • South Africa Pulp and Paper Industries Ltd.
  • Stora enso Oyj
  • Svenska Cellulosa Aktibolaget
  • UPM
  • Westrock Company


Market Dynamics:



The paper and paperboard packaging market are increasing driven by key factors. The booming e-commerce industry is increasing demand for corrugated packaging due to its cost-effectiveness and sustainability, with a shift away from plastic. Global consumption of packaged food is also rising, boosting the need for robust and recyclable paper packaging solutions. Additionally, growth in the electrical and electronics sector is expanding opportunities for compact-sized product packaging. Heightened consumer awareness and regulatory pressures against single-use plastics further reinforce the market's shift towards eco-friendly paper-based alternatives.



Manufacturers of paper packaging face significant competition from plastics, which excel in durability, moisture resistance, and shelf life extension. This necessitates continuous innovation in paper-based packaging to match these attributes. Balancing packaging performance with sustainability is crucial, especially in protecting sensitive products and ensuring a longer shelf life while minimizing environmental impact. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and managing environmental footprints during production and recycling processes remain key challenges for enhancing the overall sustainability of paper packaging solutions.


Regional Trends:

Rapid economic growth and the expanding middle class in emerging economies such as China and India are driving increased consumption of packaged goods, leading to growing demand for paper and paperboard packaging in the Asia-Pacific region. There is a notable shift towards sustainable packaging solutions driven by consumer preferences and government regulations aimed at reducing single-use plastics. This trend is accelerating the adoption of eco-friendly and recyclable paper-based packaging options. Furthermore, the booming e-commerce sector is a major catalyst for paper and paperboard packaging demand, with widespread use of corrugated boxes for shipping and storage. The robust growth of key industries like food & beverage, personal care, and consumer goods further contributes to the escalating need for paper packaging across various applications in Asia-Pacific.


Recent Developments:

  • In April 2024, The acquisition of DS Smith by International Paper, valued at around $9.9 billion, marks a significant milestone in the packaging industry, forming a global leader in sustainable packaging solutions.
  • In Feb 2024, Graphic Packaging Holding Company (“Graphic Packaging”) and Clearwater Paper Corporation (“Clearwater Paper”) have reached a definitive agreement where Graphic Packaging will sell its Augusta, Georgia bleached paperboard manufacturing facility to Clearwater Paper. The transaction is valued at approximately $700 million, reflecting an Adjusted EBITDA of around $100 million.
  • In Nov 2023, Rengo Co., Ltd. has acquired a 30% stake in Velvin Containers Private Limited, an Indian corrugated packaging manufacturer. Following Rengo's equity investment, the company will be rebranded as Velvin Rengo Containers Private Limited.


Segmentation of Paper and Paperboard Packaging Market-


By Grade:

  • Solid Breached Sulfate
  • Coated Unbleached Kraft Paperboard
  • Folding Boxboard
  • White Lined Chipboard
  • Glassine & Greaseproof Paper
  • Label Paper
  • Others

By Type:

  • Corrugated box
  • Box board
  • Flexible paper

By Application:

  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Personal & Healthcare
  • Others


By Region-

North America-

  • The US
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Germany
  • The UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Rest of Europe


  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America-

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of Latin America

 Middle East & Africa-

  • GCC Countries
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa