GVR Report cover Kraft Liner Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Kraft Liner Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (GSM<80, GSM 80 to 160, GSM>160), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, CSA, MEA), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jan, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-018-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 100

Industry Insights

The global kraft liner market size was estimated at USD 33.93 billion in 2017 and expected to register a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period. Rising scope for packaging in application industries, such as import and export, food and beverage, construction, electrical and electronics, and manufacturing is expected to drive the growth.

E-commerce accounted for the largest application segment for corrugated boxes, containers, and sheets on account of flourishing online shopping industry. Increasing demand for corrugated packaging made from kraft liner for electronic devices, glass objects, and food items ordered online, is expected to drive the market over the forecast period.

U.S. kraft liner market

Raw materials used for the production of kraft liners include old corrugated containers (OCC) and virgin fibers. These raw materials are mixed in a ratio of 80% OCC and 20% virgin fibers. Traditionally, the kraft liners were made with virgin fibers; however, rising preference for low-cost and eco-friendly products has led to the use of recycled materials.

OCC dominate the composition in the final product, thereby impacting its quality levels. OCC is used to minimize the overall production cost and to provide strength to the final product. Thus, the procurement of superior quality OCC, especially through single stream channel, plays a crucial role in the product value chain.

Unstable prices of raw materials have resulted in price variations for kraft liners, thus, affecting the profit margins of manufacturers. The kraft liners require several processes to produce a variety of GSM grades resulting in higher production cost. Major players operating in the industry are engaged in mass manufacturing, thereby, reducing the overall cost of the production.

The incomplete recovery of old corrugated containers can be attributed to the quality of materials as well as their availability. As the OCC sources are remotely situated and the storage conditions are insufficient to maintain the quality of the materials, the recovery remains unfulfilled and thus is expected to hamper growth of the kraft liner market over the forecast period.

Product Insights

Increasing import and export operations across the globe on account of rising industrial productivity and awareness regarding lightweight, eco-friendly packaging materials are expected to propel the product demand. Growth of the packaging industry and rising e-commerce sector are contributing to the rising demand for kraft liner for manufacturing corrugated containers, boards, and boxes.

Kraft liners below 80 GSM grade accounted for the lowest revenue share and are generally used for applications, such as writing and printing, apparels, envelopes, paper pouches, food grade papers, and medicine wraps. Increasing demand from various end-use industries for lightweight packing paper is expected to drive the segment growth.

Global kraft liner market

The GSM 80 to 160-grade category emerged as the largest product segment across several packaging applications. Kraft liners from this category are lightweight, durable, and have the ability to carry heavy weights up to an extent and aids in transportation. As a result, they are used as a preferred packaging material for food and beverage.

Corrugated packaging with kraft liner of GSM 160 and above is widely utilized for heavy-duty packaging applications. The segment is expected to expand at a CAGR 6.0% in terms of revenue. These products are multilayered and thick, thus providing extra cushioning during the transportation of industrial machinery, automotive parts, glass objects, heavy electrical appliances, and construction materials.

Growth in import and export of goods in application industries, such as pharmaceutical, textile, consumer electronics, and household appliances have a significant impact on the product demand. Employing different types of production technologies enables manufacturers to produce customized kraft liner to meet the requirements of application industries.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for 60.8% market share in terms of revenue in 2017 on account of the presence of a large number of producers and end-use industries. Food and beverage is the largest end-use application of corrugated boxes in the region on account of rising needs to serve the growing population in Asia Pacific.

China is the largest market for production and consumption of corrugated boxes both regionally and globally and is expected to continue its dominance over the projected period. The growth of consumer electronics and appliances, health and personal care and food and beverages sectors has augmented the demand for corrugated packaging materials in the country.

North America has witnessed significant growth in the production and consumption on account of the well-established packaging industry. Presence of a large number of industry players coupled with the developed e-commerce sector in the region is likely to support the demand for corrugated packaging over the forecast period.

Middle East and Africa market is expected to register the highest growth in consumption of corrugated packaging materials owing to rising import and export operations across the region. The market is highly unsaturated and presents long-term growth opportunities.

Kraft Liner Market Share Insights

Manufacturers are enhancing the output by expanding the asset base through capital investment, continual improvement program, transfer of best practices, industrial engineering, and other progressive initiatives. Moreover, companies are making efforts to increase the proportion of ideas, products, and services through the use of their R&D centers.

Multinational companies integrate to reduce the overall cost of the process, thereby making it difficult for small players to sustain owing to competitive pricing. Furthermore, the growth of digital printing and e-commerce backed by rising digital economies are positively impacting the industry.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2018 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2018 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., China, India, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global kraft liner market report on the basis of product and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • GSM < 80

    • GSM 80 to 160

    • GSM > 160

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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