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Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

Growth in the US corrugated & paperboard box market will total 2.6% annually through 2020 in value terms.  Advances will be driven by favorable prospects for e-commerce and retail-ready packaging.  However, market maturity and light weighting will mitigate gains over the next decade.

This report segments the corrugated and paperboard box industry by Product and Market.  Data is provided in million US dollars and thousand tons.

Corrugated and paperboard box products include:
Corrugated & Solid Fiber
Folding Paperboard
Set-Up Paperboard 

Corrugated and solid fiber boxes will remain the largest of these through 2020 and will also post the fastest gains, supported by their widespread use in the e-commerce and food markets.

Major corrugated and paperboard box markets include:
Food & Beverages
Nonfood Nondurable Goods (e.g., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and plastic products, etc.)
Durable Goods
Nonmanufacturing (e.g., foodservice, e-commerce, moving, etc.)

Food and beverages was the leading outlet in 2015.  The most rapid gains through 2020 are forecast for the nonmanufacturing market, fueled by favorable expectations for the e-commerce sector.

Although small box manufacturers serving a local or regional customer base are prevalent throughout the US, a small number of integrated producers account for a large percentage of sales in the industry.  This industry also sees a great deal of acquisition and divestiture activity.  Industry participants include Caraustar Industries, Georgia-Pacific (Koch Industries), Graphic Packaging, International Paper, KapStone Paper and Packaging, Menasha, Multi Packaging Solutions, Packaging Corporation of America, PaperWorks Industries, Smurfit Kappa, and West Rock. 


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic & Household Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Consumer Income & Spending
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
      • Food & Beverage
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS
      • Paper & Publishing
        • Table PAPER & PUBLISHING SHIPMENTS
      • Chemical & Pharmaceutical
        • Table CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL SHIPMENTS
      • Machinery & Equipment
        • Table MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
      • Fabricated Metal Products
        • Table SELECTED FABRICATED METAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS
    • Retail Sales Outlook
      • Table RETAIL SALES
    • E-Commerce & Mail Order Sales Outlook
      • Table E-COMMERCE & MAIL ORDER SHOPPING SALES BY TYPE
    • Packaging Industry Overview
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX MARKET, 2005-2015
      • Table CHART II-1 CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX MARKET, 2005-2015
    • Pricing Trends & Product Mix
      • Table CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX PRICING
    • Environmental & Regulatory Issues
    • World Markets
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table FOREIGN TRADE IN CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOXES
  • KEY TRENDS & INDUSTRY PRACTICES
    • Lightweighting
      • Table CHART III-1 AVERAGE BASIS WEIGHT OF CORRUGATED CONTAINERBOARD, 2005-2025
    • Value-Added Features
    • Graphics & Printing
      • Printing Techniques
        • Table CHART III-2 PRINTED BOXES BY TYPE & PRINTING TECHNIQUE, 2015
      • Preprinted Linerboard
    • Coated Boxes
    • Custom Boxes
    • Retail Ready Packaging
    • E-Commerce Packaging
      • Table E-COMMERCE & MAIL ORDER SHOPPING: SALES BY PRODUCT
      • Table CHART III-3 E-COMMERCE SALES BY VENDOR TYPE, 2015
    • Competition with Other Packaging Products
      • Table CHART III-4 FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2005-2025
  • PRODUCTS & MATERIALS
    • General
      • Table CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes
        • Table CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX PRODUCTION BY BOARD TYPE
        • Table MINI-FLUTE CORRUGATED BOX SHIPMENTS
        • Table CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-1 CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015
      • Folding Paperboard Boxes
        • Table FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table WINDOWED PAPERBOARD BOX SHIPMENTS BY MARKET
        • Table FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-2 FOLDING PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015
      • Set-up Paperboard Boxes
        • Table SET-UP PAPERBOARD BOX SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table CHART IV-3 SET-UP PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015
    • Material Requirements
      • Paperboard
        • Table PAPERBOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND BY TYPE
        • Table PAPERBOARD CONSUMPTION IN BOXES BY GRADE & BOX TYPE
        • Table CHART IV-4 PAPERBOARD CONSUMPTION IN BOXES BY GRADE, 2015
      • Adhesives, Inks, & Waxes
        • Table OTHER MATERIALS CONSUMPTION IN CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOXES
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART V-1 CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015
    • Food & Beverages
      • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE BOX MARKET
      • Meat, Poultry, & Seafood
        • Table MEAT, POULTRY, & SEAFOOD BOX MARKET
      • Beverages
        • Table BEVERAGE BOX MARKET
      • Grain Mill Products
        • Table GRAIN MILL PRODUCT BOX MARKET
      • Fresh Produce
        • Table FRESH PRODUCE BOX MARKET
      • Frozen Food
        • Table FROZEN FOOD BOX MARKET
      • Dairy Products
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCT BOX MARKET
      • Canned Food
        • Table CANNED FOOD BOX MARKET
      • Bakery Products
        • Table BAKERY PRODUCT BOX MARKET
      • Candy & Confections
        • Table CANDY & CONFECTION BOX MARKET
      • Other Food
        • Table OTHER FOOD BOX MARKET
    • Nonfood Nondurable Goods
      • Table NONFOOD NONDURABLE GOODS BOX MARKET
      • Paper & Publishing
        • Table PAPER & PUBLISHING BOX MARKET
      • Chemical & Pharmaceutical Products
        • Table CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL BOX MARKET
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY BOX MARKET
        • Table CLEANING CHEMICAL BOX MARKET
        • Table OTHER CHEMICAL PRODUCTS BOX MARKET
      • Rubber & Plastic Products
        • Table RUBBER & PLASTIC PRODUCTS BOX MARKET
      • Other Nondurable Goods
        • Table OTHER NONDURABLE GOODS BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE
    • Durable Goods
      • Table DURABLE GOODS BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE
      • Machinery & Equipment
        • Table MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT BOX MARKET
      • Fabricated Metal Products
        • Table FABRICATED METAL PRODUCT BOX DEMAND
      • Other Durable Goods
        • Table OTHER DURABLE GOODS BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE
    • Nonmanufacturing
      • Table NONMANUFACTURING BOX DEMAND BY MARKET & TYPE
      • Foodservice & Carryout
        • Table FOODSERVICE & CARRYOUT BOX MARKET
      • E-Commerce
        • Table E-COMMERCE BOX MARKET
      • Moving, Storage, & Other
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX SALES BY COMPANY, 2015
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VI-1 US CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX MARKET SHARE, 2015
      • Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes
        • Table CHART VI-2 CORRUGATED & SOLID FIBER BOX MARKET SHARE, 2015
      • Folding Paperboard Boxes
        • Table CHART VI-3 FOLDING CARTON MARKET SHARE, 2015
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Distribution Strategies
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Regional Dynamics
      • Table CHART VI-4 US CORRUGATED BOX MANUFACTURING FACILITY DISTRIBUTION BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, 2012
    • Company Profiles
      • Americraft Carton Incorporated
      • Bell Incorporated
      • Caraustar Industries Incorporated
      • Cascades Incorporated
      • Clearwater Paper Corporation
      • Fruit Growers Supply Company
      • Graphic Packaging Holding Company
      • Green Bay Packaging Incorporated
      • Greif Incorporated
      • Hood Companies
      • Huhtamaki Oyj
      • International Paper Company
      • Interstate Resources Incorporated
      • KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation
      • Koch Industries Incorporated
      • Malnove Incorporated
      • McLean Packaging Corporation
      • Menasha Corporation
      • Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited
      • Packaging Corporation of America
      • PaperWorks Industries Incorporated
      • Schwarz Partners LP
      • Smurfit Kappa Group plc
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • US Corrugated Incorporated
      • Visy Proprietary Limited
      • WestRock Company
    • Other Companies Mentioned in Study

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