Paper & Paper Products Manufacturing

Paper & Paper Products Manufacturing

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry make paper and converted paper products, including paperboard, corrugated and paperboard containers, coated papers, and paper bags. Major companies include Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, Neenah Paper, and WestRock (all based in the US), as well as Domtar (Canada), Oji Holdings (Japan), and Stora Enso (Finland).


Demand is driven by general commercial activity and population growth. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, as products are sold mainly based on price. Big companies have advantages in distribution and can supply large customers. There are few economies of scale in manufacturing; large and small producers operate the same kinds of plants -- large producers just have more of them. Small companies can compete successfully by making specialty products or serving a small geographical market.


Bleached bristols and clay-coated (20%), folding paper boxes (about 20%), and corrugated shipping contains for food and beverages (about 20%), are some of the industry's main revenue sources. Other revenue sources include corrugated shipping containers for paper and allied products, as well as other corrugated and solid fiber products, which all account for about 15% each. Tens of thousands of different paper products are produced, but most manufacturers concentrate on a limited product line.

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