Paperboard Packaging Market Size, Share, and Trends 2024 to 2034

Paperboard Packaging Market (By Raw Material: Fresh source, Recycled Waste Paper; By Product: Boxboard, Containerboard; By Application: Food & Beverages, Non-durable Goods, Durable Goods, Medical, Others) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2023 - 2032

  • Last Updated : November 2023
  • Report Code : 1346
  • Category : Packaging

The global paperboard packaging market size was estimated USD 170 billion in 2022, and is expected to reach over USD 245.65 billion by 2032, expanding growth at a CAGR of 3.80% due to the expansion of the sustainable packaging sector and higher packaged food consumption.

Paperboard Packaging Market Size 2023 to 2032

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Key Takeaways

  • Asia Pacific Market was valued at USD 67 billion in 2022.
  • By raw materials, the recycling sector has held 66% revenue share in 2022.
  • By application, food and beverages sector has accounted market share of 53% in 2022.
  • Folding boxboard segment will reach at a CAGr of 3.1% brtween 2023 to 2032.

Paperboard Packaging Market Size in the Asia Pacific 2023 To 2032 

The Asia Pacific paperboard packaging market size was valued USD 68 billion in 2022, and is predicted to grow around USD 100.17 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 4% between 2023 To 2032.

Asia Pacific Paperboard Packaging Market Size in the 2023 To 2032

Asia Pacific paperboard packaging market generated the highest revenue in the global paperboard packaging market and it is estimated to continue in the forecast period. Over the last several years, globalization has resulted in a surge in commercial activity in nations such as China, India, South Korea, and Malaysia. Rapid urbanization, robust economic growth, and increased consumption of packaged food items are some of the key drivers driving growth in the region's packaging industry. The intense competition is likely to create possibilities for future market growth. Furthermore, positive trends in the cosmetics and medical industries would increase the paperboard packaging market sales in this area.

Paperboard Packaging Market Share, By Region, 2020 (%)

With a presence of large companies, North America remains one of the primary marketplaces for paperboard packaging materials. In 2018, North America consumed 74.21 million metric tons of paper and paperboard. According to FAO and UNECE data, this is the case. In the North American area, the US dominates the folding carton packaging industry, with food projected to be the leading end-user of folding cartons. According to the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, for example, the food sector in US is anticipated to expanding at a CAGR of 2.9% by 2022. Such trends in North America are expected to continue which will create a positive impact on the paperboard packaging market.

Growth Factors

The rise of the e-commerce industry has also played a significant influence in the growth of the paper & paperboard packaging market. Corrugated packaging is commonly used by e-commerce firms for secondary and tertiary packing due to its lightweight and inexpensive cost. Furthermore, growing plastic material sustainability problems are driving e-commerce firms to replace flexible plastic packaging with paper packaging, which is projected to boost development in the paper & paperboard industries.

COVID-19 Impact

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and its humanitarian effect grows, sectors that assist meet basic requirements, such as transporting food and supplies to customers securely, are being increasingly impacted. With food packaging being the main sector of activity in the packaging business, the $900 billion per year global industry is on the front lines. The coronavirus epidemic has already resulted in some of the steepest drops in demand for certain types of packaging in recent times, while driving growth for others, such as packaging for e-commerce shipments, which are emerging as lifelines in this new world.

Such developments are posing new problems for many packaging firms. However, growing demand for paperboard packaging in healthcare has helped the market situation. Because e-commerce fosters social distance, there has been an exponential rise in online purchases of essential consumer items such as groceries and hygiene products, which drives the expansion of the paperboard packaging sector. E-pharma and e-consultations witnessed a 55-70 percent increase in growth. However, a lack of labor, a scarcity of raw resources, and transportation constraints impede product delivery.

Scope of the Paperboard Packaging Market Report

Report Highlights Details
Market Size By 2032 USD 245.65 Billion
Market Size in 2023  USD 175.61 Billion 
Growth Rate From 2023 to 2032 CAGR of 3.80%
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Fastest Growing Market North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Segments Covered Raw Material, Product, Geography
Companies Mentioned Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., Stora Enso, South African Pulp & Paper Industries, Mondi plc, ITC Limited, Smurfit Kappa Group, Oji Holding Corporation, International Paper Group


Raw Material Insights

Based on raw materials, the recycling sector accounted for almost half of the market in 2022, owing to the fact that it can be recycled as fiber and utilized to produce new paperboard goods. Paper recycling provides about half of the world's fibers for paper production. Concerns over deforestation and declining forest cover across the world have prompted paperboard makers to use recycled materials. Paper recycling's strong upward growth trajectory is likely to boost the paperboard packaging market sector throughout the forecast period.

Paperboard Packaging Market Share, By Raw Material, 2020 (%)

Paper packaging is the most common recycled material, dominating over 66% of all recycled packaging. Paper and paperboard have the greatest recycling rates in the world (with the exception of glass in some countries). Because of the industrial economies of China and other rising nations, paper packaging demands will continue to rise. Indeed, the global market for recycled paper packaging will increase at a 5% CAGR from USD 139 billion in 2018.

Product Insights

Solid unbleached board (SUB) is the most dominating segment in the paperboard packaging market. SUB (Solid Unbleached Board) is a type of boxboard manufactured from unbleached chemical pulp. It is often offered with two or three layers of color coatings. In addition, recycled fibers can be utilized in place of unbleached chemical pulp. Beverage carriers, detergents, toys, and other items are commonly packaged on solid unbleached boards.

Paperboard Packaging Market Share, By Product, 2020 (%)

Folding boxboard will have a CAGR of more than 3.6% in the boxboard packaging product sector by 2032 and it is projected to expand at a higher rate. A grade of boxboard that can be bent without breaking is known as folding boxboard. It is made up of several layers of mechanical and chemical pulps. Folding boxboards are low density, high stiffness boards. These can be used to package cosmetics, frozen meals, and medicines, among other things.

SBB (Solid Bleached Board) is an unbleached grade of boxboard. It is made from bleached chemical pulp and is generally coated with synthetic or mineral fibers. SBB is a medium density boxboard that may be used for graphical or printed packaging. It's mostly utilized in taste or aroma-sensitive items like cosmetics and cigarettes. Layers of discarded papers and recovered fibers are used to make white lined chipboard. It is often offered with two to three layers of coating on both sides. Because white lined chipboard contains recycled materials, direct contact with food causes health problems.

Application Insights

Food and beverages have emerged as the leading application sector in the paperboard packaging industry, accounting for almost half of the market share in 2022. Packaging of frozen meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, sweets, dairy goods, fast foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables are among the applications. This segment's rapid growth can be attributed to the outstanding operating features of paperboard packaging. This packaging is suitable for food contact, can work at a broad range of temperatures, and aids in the preservation of organoleptic characteristics over time.

The most recent healthcare industry developments are driving innovative approaches to medical product packaging. Healthcare is a major priority for everyone all around the world. It is also a thriving packaging business, with global demand for healthcare packaging materials topping USD 33.4 billion. The look of packaging at pharmacy stores has become increasingly important. It is no longer seen as only a functioning entity, but rather as an asset to be exploited when selling over-the-counter. Supplements and vitamins have been around for a long time, and today, thanks to eye-catching packaging, their sales are constantly increasing as the typical consumer grows more interested in them. Thus, the medical application is expected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

In order to maintain their market dominance, the companies continue to innovate and form strategic alliances. Because of the huge number of competitors, the paperboard packaging industry is characterised by strong rivalry. Due to the presence of the small and medium-sized producers and converters, the market for this industry is extremely disorganised. The key players major strategies for ensuring market growth include new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, and expansions.

Some of the major players in the paperboard packaging market include:

  • Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Stora Enso
  • South African Pulp & Paper Industries
  • Mondi plc
  • ITC Limited
  • Smurfit Kappa Group
  • Oji Holding Corporation
  • International Paper Group
  • Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

Segments Covered in the Report

By Raw Material

  • Fresh Source
    • Wood pulp
    • Others
  • Recycled Waste Paper

By Product

  • Boxboard
    • Folding boxboard (FBB)
    • Solid unbleached board (SUB)
    • Solid bleached board (SBB)
    • White lined chipboard (WLC)
  • Containerboard

By Application

  • Food & beverages
  • Non-durable goods
  • Durable goods
  • Medical
  • Others

By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Rest of the World

Frequently Asked Questions

According to Precedence Research, the global paperboard packaging market was reached at USD 170 billion in 2022 and is projected to hit over USD 245.65 billion by 2032.

The expansion of the e-commerce business and consumers rising worries about the environmental impact of packaging wastes are the driving factors of the paperboard packaging market.

The global paperboard packaging market growth is expected to garner at a CAGR of 3.80% from 2023 to 2032.

The top key players of paperboard packaging market are Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., Stora Enso, South African Pulp & Paper Industries, Mondi plc, ITC Limited, Smurfit Kappa Group, Oji Holding Corporation, International Paper Group.

Asia Pacific paperboard packaging market generated the highest revenue in the global paperboard packaging market and it is estimated to continue in the forecast period.

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