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Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing in the US

The Cardboard Box and Container Manufacturing industry is the largest paper-converting industry in the United States. This industry is a significant consumer of paper, paperboard and old corrugated containers, servicing nearly every sector of the economy. Cardboard continues to be one of the most widely used materials for packaging; the industry has experienced slow but steady growth over the five years to 2018, despite volatility in the price of wood pulp early in the period. Furthermore, demand for industry products from downstream markets has increased. The increasing prevalence of e-commerce, a significant downstream market for industry operators, has propped up industry revenue over the past five years. Online operators require industry products to ship goods purchased online to their customers. Over the five years to 2023, the industry is forecast to continue growing. Food and beverage producers will continue to provide a stable source of demand for industry products.

This industry converts purchased paper, paperboard and old corrugated containers into cardboard boxes, containers and similar packaging solutions. Industry operators produce corrugated and solid cardboard packaging for a range of sectors and industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale, shipping and retail, among others.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Demand from food manufacturing
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry trade balance
    • Table Exports To ...
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
    • Table Trade Globalization
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major Players
    • Table WestRock Company (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table International Paper Co. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Packaging Corp. of America (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Georgia-Pacifi c LLC (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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