Packaging which uses papers and boards are known as paper packaging.Paper packaging is done by various materials such ascardboards, Kraft paper,cartridge paper and recycled paper. Tetra packs, cartons and folding boxes, sacks, bags and corrugatedcases are some of the different types of products of paper packaging having applications in the fast food, fresh food, dairy and bakery, frozen foods, pet food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industries. Paper packaging materials possess superior properties such as it can be reused and recycled easily thus gaining advantage over other packaging materials such as metal and plastic. Paper packaging materials serves to be light weight, economic andecofriendly which is one of the major drivers for the growth of this market. Additionally, this market is expected to grow with rapid rate due to the increasing demand for paper based flexible packaging because of increasing consumer awareness about the adverse effect of plastics on environment. Moreover, strong economic situations in BRIC countries are expected to drive the paper packaging market in these regions. As paper remains to be the largest material used in the packaging industry the growth in the packaging market is estimated to boost demand for paper packaging.The rigid deforestation regulations in several countries worldwide are expected to largely slow down the growth of the market over the forecast period. Opportunity for the growth of this market in the near future is the ban on the lightweight plastic bags. Major Shift from rigid packaging to flexible packaging also aids for the growth of this market.
Paper packaging market is categorized by different products such as liquid packaging cartons, carton and folding boxes, corrugated cases and others. Liquid packaging cartons are the largest product segment of the paper packaging materials due to their extensive use in milk and juice box packaging. Increasing use in retail packaging due to progress in design innovation the demand of corrugated cases is expected to drive product demand. Moreover, corrugated cases being highly durable, reusable, recyclable and light weight are expected to witness a rapid growththerefore boosting the market growth of paper packaging. The demand for cartons and folding boxes is expected to show a significant growth over the next few years due to its growing demand in decorative and bulk packaging.
Paper packaging serves wide applications in beverages, fast foods, fresh food, dairy and bakery, frozen foods and others (cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, pet food). Beverages contributed as the largest application segment of paper packaging due to the increase in consumption of functional beverages and juices. Application segments such as fresh foods, frozen foods and fast foods are expected to show a rapid growth in the paper packaging materials market over the forecast period due to the increasing use of paper to wrap and envelop food products. Technological advancement in food applications such as development of laminated and coated papers which prevents leakage is further expected toraisethe demand for paper packaging.Paper packaging market is expected to be the fastest growing segment because of efficiency, versatility, innovation, and sustainability which adds value to food and other products.
North America and Europe have showed significant growth over the last few years and accounted for over half the global demand for paper packaging materials due to increase in flexible packaging. Asia Pacific market is expected to show the fastest growth for paper packaging in the upcoming years due to the growth in the overall packaging industry in the region. RoW is expected to gain substantial market share during the forecast period due to the upcoming packaging industry in these regions andrising per capita spending of consumers in these regions.Increase in consumption and demand for consumer goods will further drive the need for more paper packaging worldwide.
Key companies in paper packaging market include DS Smith Plc, MeadWestvaco, OJI Holding Corporation,The Mayr-Melnhof Group,International Paper Company, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc.,Stora Enso Oyj, Sonoco Products Company, Mondi Group, Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Nippon Paper Group Inc. among others.
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