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Protective Packaging


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Protective Packaging

Growth in the US protective packaging market will total 4.9% annually through 2019 in value terms.  Gains will be driven by a healthy outlook for e-commerce shipments.  However, advances will be mitigated by efforts to lower costs by shipping in smaller boxes or flexible mailers, which lower the demand for protective material.

This report segments the protective packaging industry by Type, Function, and Market.  Data is provided in million US dollars.

Protective packaging products include:
Protective Mailers
Bubble Packaging
Air Pillows
Paper Fill
Dunnage Bags 
Paperboard Protectors
Molded Pulp
Molded Foam
Foamed-in-Place Polyurethane
Polyolefin Rolls
Loose-Fill
Insulated Shipping Containers

Protective mailers will remain the largest of these through 2019.  Fastest growth among the major product types will be for air pillows, driven by their popularity in e-commerce applications and low cost

Key protective packaging functions include:
Cushioning
Blocking & Bracing
Insulation
Void-Fill
Wrapping

Cushioning was the largest of these in 2014.  Going forward, insulation will see the strongest advances, benefiting from the growing meal-kit delivery market as well as a favorable outlook for pharmaceuticals that require temperature control during shipping.

Major markets for protective packaging are discussed within the following categories:
Durable Goods
Nondurable Goods
E-commerce
Retail

Durable goods were the leading outlet in 2014.  The most rapid gains through 2019 are forecast for the e-commerce market, fueled by the healthy outlook for products shipped directly to the consumer through digital shopping channels.

The US protective packaging industry is comprised of over 200 participants, ranging from major packaging concerns to material fabricators (e.g., foam suppliers) that serve many markets.  Small firms that concentrate on a few products or markets are prevalent.  Participants in this industry include 3M, ACH Foam Technologies, Great Northern, Packaging Corporation of America, Polyair Inter Pack, Pregis, Ranpak, Sealed Air, Signode Industrial Group, Sonoco Products, Storopack, and West Rock.


  • 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
    • E-commerce & Catalog Sales Outlook
      • Table E-COMMERCE & 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 PRICES
    • 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, 2014
    • Functions
      • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY FUNCTION
      • Table CHART III-2 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY FUNCTION, 2014
      • Cushioning
      • Blocking & Bracing
      • Insulation
      • Void Fill
      • Wrapping
    • Markets
      • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART III-3 PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014
      • 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, 2014
    • 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
  • PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING
    • General
      • Table PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART V-1 PLASTIC FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014
    • Insulated Shipping Containers
      • Table INSULATED SHIPPING CONTAINER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MARKET
      • Materials & Applications
      • Producers
    • 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
  • RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING
    • General
      • Table RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART VI-1 RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014
    • 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
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2014
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VII-1 US PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET SHARE, 2014
    • 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
      • Alpek SAB de CV
      • 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
      • Jarden Corporation
      • Landaal Packaging Systems Incorporated
      • Marko Foam Products Incorporated
      • Menasha Corporation
      • NOVA Chemicals Corporation
      • Packaging Corporation of America
      • Polar Tech Industries Incorporated
      • Polyair Inter Pack Incorporated
      • Pregis Corporation
      • Protective Packaging Solutions LLC
      • Ranpak Corporation
      • Ring Companies
      • Rogers Foam Corporation
      • Sealed Air Corporation
      • Signode Industrial Group LLC
      • Smurfit Kappa Group plc
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • Specialized Packaging Group LP
      • Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
      • TCP Reliable Incorporated
      • 3M Company
      • True Pack Limited
      • UFP Technologies Incorporated
      • Valley Container Incorporated
      • WestRock Company
    • Additional Companies in Protective Packaging

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