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Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes in the US

Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes in the US

US demand for boxes is projected to increase 2.6% per year through 2022. E-commerce and foodservice trends such as takeout and delivery will drive growth.

This report covers box demand by product and market. Data are given in dollar value and volume.

Box products covered in the study include:
Corrugated & Solid Fiber
Folding Paperboard Boxes
Set-Up (Rigid) Boxes

Box raw materials include:
Paperboard (Unbleached Kraft, Recycled Board, Semichemical Board, Bleached Board)
Waxes & Wax Alternatives
Inks
Adhesives

Markets for boxes include:
Food & Beverages
Meat, Poultry, & Seafood
Beverages
Grain Mill Products
Fresh Produce
Frozen Food
Dairy Products
Canned Food
Bakery Products
Candy & Confection
Other Food
Nonfood Nondurable Goods
Demand by Market
Paper & Publishing
Chemical & Pharmaceuticals
Demand by Product
Pharmaceuticals
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Cleaning Chemicals
Other Chemical Products
Rubber & Plastic Products
Other Nondurable Goods
Durable Goods
Machinery & Equipment
Fabricated Metal Products
Glass & Ceramic Goods
Furniture, Lumber, & Wood Products
Toys & Sporting Goods
Silverware & Jewelry
Music, Entertainment, & Software
Motor Vehicle Parts
Instruments & All Other Durables
Nonmanufacturing
Foodservice & Carryout
E-Commerce
Moving, Storage, and Other Nonmanufacturing Markets

Scope of the Report
This report covers the scope, size, and growth of the US corrugated and paperboard box market including key trends in applications and market segmentation. Historical data are provided for 2007, 2012, and 2017 with forecasts for 2022. Data are provided in both dollar value and volume. Also included is an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $37.4 billion US corrugated & paperboard box industry. It presents historical data (2007, 2012, and 2017) and forecasts (2022) by box type (corrugated & solid fiber, folding paperboard box, and set-up box), and market (food & beverage, nonfood nondurables, durables, nonmanufacturing – e-commerce, foodservice & carryout, moving & storage). The study also evaluates company market share and competitive analysis on industry competitors including Georgia- Pacific, Graphic Packaging, International Paper, Packaging Corporation of America, & WestRock.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table Figure 1-1 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Market
  • OVERVIEW
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 2-1 | Key Trends in the US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Market
    • Packaging Industry Trends
      • Manufacturer Efforts to Address Evolving Consumer Values
      • Convenience
      • Sustainability
      • Product Differentiation
      • Technology
    • Pricing Trends & Product Mix
      • Table Corrugated & Paperboard Box Pricing, 2007 – 2022
    • International Trade
      • US Trade Position
        • Table International Trade in Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes, 2007 – 2022
      • Imports
        • Table Figure 2-2 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Imports Share by Source, 2017
      • Exports
        • Table Figure 2-3 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Exports Share by Destination, 2017
      • Tariffs
    • Material Input
      • Scope & Product Description
      • Paperboard Supply & Demand
        • Table Paperboard Supply & Demand by Type, 2007 – 2022
      • Paperboard Consumption in Box Production
        • Table Paperboard Consumption in Corrugated & Paperboard Box Production by Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Other Materials Consumption in Box Production
        • Table Other Materials Consumption in Corrugated & Paperboard Box Production, 2007 – 2022
      • Adhesives
      • Waxes & Wax Alternatives
      • Inks
    • Competitive Packaging Products
    • Packaging Versus Shipping
    • Sustainability & Recycling Trends
      • Environmental Factors Influencing Boxes
      • Sustainability Initiatives
      • Recycling Infrastructure
      • Environmentally Friendly Alternatives
    • Regulatory Issues
      • Regulatory Bodies
      • Renewable Energy Tax Credits
  • TRENDS & OPPORTUNITIES
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 3-1 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Trends & Opportunities
    • E-Commerce: Boxes Versus Flexible
      • Table Figure 3-2 | Product Example: Packaging Used for E-Commerce Orders
    • "Unboxing" Trend & Demand for Special Boxes
      • Table Figure 3-3 | Marketing Example: Unboxing Video
    • Subscription Deliveries & High-Value Boxes
      • Table Figure 3-4 | Product Example: Graphics on the Inside of the Box
      • Table Figure 3-5 | Product Example: Premium Boxes & Subscription Deliveries
    • Digital Printing
      • Table Figure 3-6 | Product Example: Specialty Printing
    • Retail-Ready Packaging Trends & the Effect of ALDI & Warehouse Stores
      • Table Figure 3-7 | Product Example: Retail-Ready Boxes
    • Coated Boxes
      • Table Figure 3-8 | Product Example: Moisture-Resistant Coated Boxes
    • Smart Features for Boxes
    • Value-Added Features
  • PRODUCTS
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 4-1 | Key Trends in Corrugated & Paperboard Box Products
    • Demand by Product
      • Table Corrugated & Paperboard Box Supply & Demand, 2007 – 2022
    • Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes
      • Product Description
        • Table Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Competitive Products
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Supply & Demand, 2007 – 2022
      • Production
        • Table Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Shipments & Production, 2007 – 2022
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Demand by Market, 2007 – 2022
    • Folding Paperboard Boxes
      • Product Description
        • Table Folding Paperboard Boxes: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Competitive Products
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table Folding Paperboard Box Supply & Demand, 2007 – 2022
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Folding Paperboard Box Demand by Market, 2007 – 2022
    • Set-Up Paperboard Boxes
      • Product Description
        • Table Set-Up Paperboard Boxes: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Competitive Products
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table Set-Up Paperboard Box Supply & Demand, 2007 – 2022
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Set-Up Paperboard Box Demand by Market, 2007 – 2022
  • MARKETS
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 5-1 | Key Trends in Corrugated & Paperboard Box Markets
    • Corrugated & Paperboard Box Demand by Market
      • Table Corrugated & Paperboard Box Demand by Market, 2007 – 2022
    • Food & Beverages
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Food & Beverage Box Demand by Market, 2007 – 2022
      • Grain Mill Products
        • Table Grain Mill Product Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-2 | Grain Mill Products: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Beverages
        • Table Beverage Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-3 | Beverages: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Fresh Produce
        • Table Fresh Produce Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-4 | Fresh Produce: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Meat, Poultry, & Seafood
        • Table Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-5 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Bakery Products
        • Table Bakery Product Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-6 | Bakery Products: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Frozen Food
        • Table Frozen Food Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-7 | Frozen Food: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Canned Food
        • Table Canned Food Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-8 | Canned Food: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Dairy Products
        • Table Dairy Product Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-9 | Dairy Products: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Candy & Confections
        • Table Candy & Confection Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-10 | Candy & Confections: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Other Foods
        • Table Other Food Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-11 | Other Foods: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
    • Nonfood Nondurable Goods
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Nonfood Nondurable Goods Box Demand by Market, 2007 – 2022
      • Paper & Publishing
        • Table Paper & Publishing Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-12 | Paper & Publishing: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Chemical & Pharmaceuticals
        • Table Chemical & Pharmaceutical Box Demand by Market & Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Pharmaceutical Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-13 | Pharmaceuticals: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
        • Table Cosmetic & Toiletry Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-14 | Cosmetics & Toiletries: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
        • Table Cleaning Chemical Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-15 | Cleaning Chemicals: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
        • Table Other Chemical Products Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-16 | Other Chemical Products: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Rubber & Plastic Products
        • Table Rubber & Plastic Products Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-17 | Rubber & Plastic Products: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Other Nonfood Nondurable Goods
        • Table Other Nonfood Nondurable Goods Box Demand by Market & Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-18 | Other Nonfood Nondurable Goods: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
    • Durable Goods
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Durable Goods Box Demand by Market & Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Machinery & Equipment
        • Table Machinery & Equipment Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-19 | Machinery & Equipment: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Fabricated Metal Products
        • Table Fabricated Metal Product Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-20 | Fabricated Metal Products: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Glass & Ceramic Products
        • Table Glass & Ceramic Products Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Furniture, Lumber, & Wood Products
        • Table Furniture, Lumber, & Wood Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Toys & Sporting Goods
        • Table Toys & Sporting Goods Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Silverware & Jewelry
        • Table Silverware & Jewelry Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Music, Entertainment, & Software
        • Table Music, Entertainment, & Software Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Motor Vehicle Parts
        • Table Motor Vehicle Parts Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Instruments & All Other Durable Goods
        • Table Instruments & All Other Durable Goods Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-21 | Instruments & All Other Durable Goods: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
    • Nonmanufacturing
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Nonmanufacturing Box Demand by Market & Product, 2007 – 2022
      • Foodservice & Carryout
        • Table Foodservice & Carryout Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-22 | Foodservice & Carryout: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • E-Commerce
        • Table E-Commerce Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-23 | E-Commerce: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
      • Moving, Storage, & All Other Nonmanufacturing Markets
        • Table Moving, Storage, & All Other Nonmanufacturing Markets Box Demand by Product, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 5-24 | Moving, Storage, & All Other Nonmanufacturing: Box Applications & Demand Share by Product
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • Key Findings & Industry Composition
      • Table Corrugated & Paperboard Box Sales by Company, 2017
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 6-1 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Market Share, 2017
      • Table Figure 6-2 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes: Leading Supplier, 2017
      • Table Figure 6-3 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes: Second Leading Supplier, 2017
      • Table Figure 6-4 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes: Third Leading Supplier, 2017
      • Table Figure 6-5 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes: Fourth Leading Supplier, 2017
      • Table Figure 6-6 | US Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes: Fifth Leading Supplier, 2017
      • Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes
        • Table Figure 6-7 | US Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes Market Share, 2017
      • Folding Paperboard Boxes
        • Table Figure 6-8 | US Folding Paperboard Boxes Market Share, 2017
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table Selected Cooperative Agreements
    • Competitive Strategies
      • Table Figure 6-9 | Advertising Example: Promoting Real & Perceived Differences
    • Marketing
    • Distribution Strategies
    • Regional Dynamics
      • Table Figure 6-10 | US Top Suppliers: Corrugated Box Manufacturing Facility Distribution by Geographic Region, 2017
    • List of Industry Participants
  • APPENDIX
    • Scope
      • Table Relevant Industry Codes
      • Table Relevant Trade Codes
    • Definitions
    • Abbreviations
      • Table Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study
    • Freedonia Methodology
    • Study-Specific Methodology
    • Sources
    • Associations & Agencies
    • Related Studies & Reports
    • Macroeconomic Assumptions
      • Economic Environment
        • Table Macroeconomic Indicators, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 7-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 – 2017, Compared to 1980 – 2005 Average
      • Demographic Trends
        • Table Population & Households, 2007 – 2022
        • Table Figure 7-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2002 – 2017
      • Consumer Spending
        • Table Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2007 – 2022
      • Retail Sales Outlook
        • Table Retail Sales, 2007 – 2022
      • Manufacturing Outlook
        • Table Manufacturers' Shipments, 2007 – 2022
      • E-Commerce Outlook
        • Table Electronic Shopping Sales, 2007 – 2022
      • Packaging Industry Overview
        • Table Packaging Supply & Demand, 2007 – 2022

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