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Protective Packaging


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Protective Packaging

US demand to reach $6.4 billion in 2018
Protective packaging demand is expected to reach $6.4 billion in 2018, an improvement from the performance of the recession-impacted 2008-2013 period. Gains will be based on a continued robust outlook for Internet shopping, along with a continuing recovery in the manufacturing sector. In addition, an expected return of some outsourced manufacturing to the US will provide opportunities for protective packaging. These factors will necessitate heightened requirements for cost-effective packaging used to ship goods and to provide protection from shock, vibration, abrasion, temperature abuse, and other damaging effects of shipping and handling.

Insulated shipping containers, air pillows among best opportunities
Insulated shipping containers, air pillows, and molded pulp packaging will exhibit above average gains through 2018. Advances for insulated shipping containers will be driven by expanding specialized handling requirements for temperaturesensitive pharmaceuticals, a growing regulatory focus on compliance with storage temperature limit requirements, and increased online sales of perishable foods. Many newer drugs are temperature- sensitive and temperature control throughout the supply chain is critical to their safety and efficacy. As a result, insulated shipping containers will continue to have a major role in reducing losses of high-value drugs due to spoilage caused by temperature abuse.

Solid gains for air pillows will be based on continued rapid growth for Internet shopping, advantages of cost-effectiveness, reducing material use, and consumer preference for the product over other materials such as loose-fill. Prospects for molded pulp packaging will be boosted by advantages including environmental friendliness, ease of disposal, and more stable pricing than petroleum-based plastics.

Molded foams to lose share to nonplastic alternatives
Growth for molded foam protective packaging and protective mailers will be similar to the overall protective packaging average. Advances for molded foams will benefit from a recovery in durable goods manufacturing along with advantages of light weight and excellent cushioning capabilities compared to paperboard and other materials. On the other hand, molded foams will face growing competition from nonplastic alternatives that have comparable performance properties and environmental advantages such as compostability. Such alternatives are also subject to less pricing volatility than are petroleum-based resins. Opportunities for protective mailers will be based on continued requirements for economical, lightweight, pre-constructed protective packaging for the shipping of a wide variety of relatively small objects.

More moderate gains are anticipated for paperboard protectors, paper fill, dunnage bags, and loose-fill, the result of mature applications and/or competition from faster growing product types. Nonetheless, prospects for paperboard protectors, paper fill, and biodegradable loose-fill will be helped by growing interest in environmentally friendly packaging. In addition, upward trends in consumer spending and construction expenditures will fuel healthy growth for warehouse clubs and home center stores, which will bode well for edge protection products, as these items are utilized in these retail channels to unitize and stack pallets.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Consumer Income & Spending Trends
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Electronic & Computer Trends
      • Table ELECTRONIC & COMPUTER PRODUCT SHIPMENTS
    • Appliance Trends
      • Table MAJOR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS
    • Retail Sales Outlook
      • Table RETAIL SALES
    • Internet & Catalog Sales Outlook
      • Table ELECTRONIC & MAIL ORDER SHOPPING SALES BY TYPE & PRODUCT
    • Packaging Industry Outlook
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Box Industry Outlook
      • Table CORRUGATED & PAPERBOARD BOX SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
    • Plastic Resin Outlook
      • Table PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Plastic Foams Outlook
      • Table PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN
    • Environmental Considerations
    • Regulatory Considerations
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING PRICING
    • International Activity
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Products
      • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Materials
      • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL
      • Table CHART III-1 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL, 2013
    • Functions
      • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY FUNCTION
      • Table CHART III-2 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY FUNCTION, 2013
      • Cushioning
      • Blocking & Bracing
      • Insulation
      • Void-Fill
      • Wrapping
    • Markets
      • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART III-3 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
      • Manufacturing
        • Table MANUFACTURING MARKET FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING
      • Non-Manufacturing
        • Table NON-MANUFACTURING MARKET FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING
  • FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING
    • General
      • Table FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART IV-1 FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
    • Protective Mailers
      • Table PROTECTIVE MAILER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Bubble Packaging
      • Table BUBBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Air Pillows
      • Table AIR PILLOW DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Paper Fill
      • Table PAPER FILL PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Dunnage Bags
      • Table DUNNAGE BAG DEMAND BY MATERIAL & MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Other Flexible Protective Packaging
      • Table OTHER FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND
  • RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING
    • General
      • Table RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART V-1 RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
    • Insulated Shipping Containers
      • Table INSULATED SHIPPING CONTAINER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MARKET
      • Materials
      • Applications
      • Producers
    • Paperboard Protectors
      • Table PAPERBOARD PROTECTOR DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Molded Pulp
      • Table MOLDED PULP PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Other Rigid Protective Packaging
      • Table OTHER RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND
  • PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING
    • General
      • Table PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND
      • Table CHART VI-1 PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND, 2013
    • Molded Foam
      • Table MOLDED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND
      • Expanded Polystyrene
        • Table MOLDED EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Polyolefins
        • Table MOLDED POLYOLEFIN PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Polyurethane
        • Table MOLDED POLYURETHANE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Foam-in-Place Polyurethane
      • Table FOAM-IN-PLACE POLYURETHANE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Polyolefin Rolled Foam
      • Table POLYOLEFIN ROLLED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • Loose-Fill
      • Table LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Expanded Polystyrene Loose-Fill
        • Table EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND
      • Biodegradable Plastic Loose-Fill
        • Table BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND
    • Other Foams
      • Table OTHER PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VII-1 US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing & Distribution
      • Table CHART VII-2 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING INDUSTRY FLOW CHART
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • ACH Foam Technologies LLC
      • American Excelsior Company
      • Automated Packaging Systems Incorporated
      • Barnhardt Manufacturing Company
      • BASF SE
      • Bayer AG
      • Buckeye Corrugated Incorporated
      • Caraustar Industries Incorporated
      • Carpenter Company
      • Cascades Incorporated
      • Cellofoam North America Incorporated
      • Cold Chain Technologies Incorporated
      • Ecovative Design LLC
      • Foam Fabricators Incorporated
      • Free-Flow Packaging International Incorporated
      • Great Northern Corporation
      • Huntington Foam LLC
      • Huntsman Corporation
      • Illinois Tool Works Incorporated
      • Jarden Corporation
      • Landaal Packaging Systems Incorporated
      • Marko Foam Products Incorporated
      • Menasha Corporation
      • NOVA Chemicals Corporation
      • Packaging Corporation of America
      • Pak-Lite Incorporated
      • Polar Tech Industries Incorporated
      • Polyair Inter Pack Incorporated
      • Pregis Corporation
      • Ranpak Corporation
      • Ring Companies
      • Rock-Tenn Company
      • Rogers Foam Corporation
      • Sealed Air Corporation
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • Specialized Packaging Group LP
      • Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
      • TCP Reliable Incorporated
      • 3M Company
      • True Pack Limited
      • UFP Technologies Incorporated
    • Additional Companies in Protective Packaging

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