Paper Products Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Paper Products Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Printing & Writing, Newsprint, Paper Packaging), By Region (North America, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Europe, MEA), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Apr, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-860-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 110

Industry Insights

The global paper products market size was estimated at USD 251.7 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.43% from 2019 to 2025. This growth is primarily attributed to the rising demand for paper packaging by major companies in the retail, FMCG, pharmaceutical, and hospitality industries. Increasing technological developments for paper-based products have enabled the manufacturing of processed paper with higher strength and durability than plastic packaging materials.

It has been observed that paper packaging material is gaining acceptance in a wide range of industries, such as food and consumer products. Other factors affecting the market growth are rising awareness about environmental issues like biodegradability, global warming, and health problems created by plastic packaging materials. The Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry is also one of the major consumers of paper products.

U.S. paper products market

Thus, rapid expansion of QSR market has added to the product demand. Shifting preference for off-premises consumption of food on account of busy schedules is expected to drive the product demand further. In addition, availability of freshly cooked food in franchises and food trucks has also witnessed an upsurge and have added to the demand. For instance, global food chain McDonald’s provide all their orders in paper packages.

Recycled paper packaging has become a popular trend to reduce the plastic waste. Cardboard, paper and other materials can be recycled and used for different kind of product packing and shipment. Leading companies are investing on paper products. For instance, PepsiCo, Inc. has committed to provide 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. Walmart has declared to provide recyclable packaging for all the private level brands.

Application Insights

Paper packaging was the largest application segment in 2018. It is further expected to be the fastest-growing segment at a CAGR of 4.98% from 2019 to 2025. Major factors responsible for the growth include the product features like biodegradability and recyclability. Initially, packaging segment was dominated by plastic materials. However, innovation in paper packaging technique has disrupted the market as these materials can be manufactured in a cost-efficient method.

Some of the manufacturers offer customizable paper packages to meet the specific needs of the customer. Some of the customized paper bag suppliers are PAPER MART, Barry Packaging, and Etsy, Inc. Printing and writing was the second-largest segment. Offset printing and laser images are the major categories that create product demand in this segment.

Regional Insights

North America was the largest market in 2018 and accounted for 40.8% of the market share. Key factors behind this growth include growing industrialization across the region. Newsprint category is facing a little slowdown as consumers are shifting toward digital platform. Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing regional market with a CAGR of 5.11% from 2019 to 2025.

Global paper products market

Increasing awareness about the adverse effects of plastic products and growing disposable income, especially in developing countries like China and India, are expected to boost the market growth. Rapid industrialization is also projected to contribute to the market development. China, in particular, is the largest market in Asia Pacific due to the strong presence of key companies, such as Quanzhou Sinowise Machinery Co. Ltd. and Samson Paper Holdings Ltd.

Paper Products Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive with the presence of many private level brands. Some of the major companies in this market are Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Procter & Gamble; Georgia-Pacific; KP Tissue, Inc.; Essity Aktiebolag (publ); Cascades, Inc.; Irving Consumer Products Limited; Clearwater Paper Corporation; First Quality Enterprises, Inc.; and ST Paper LLC. Companies are focusing on technological advancements, new product development, and market expansion to increase their sales and sustain the market competition.

They are also focusing on mergers & acquisitions to expand their product portfolio and geographical presence. For instance, in 2017, Essity Aktiebolag (publ) invested about USD 105 million at a plant in Mexico to increase its tissue offering under the Regio brand. This helped the company in increasing their sales along with production share in the region. The transportation and mileage costs reduce if the manufacture warehouse is located nearby. The operators are competing on the basis of tender for machinery services, mainly in case of large production projects.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Billion and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S., U.K., Germany, China, and India

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global paper products market report on the basis of application and region:

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Printing & Writing

    • Newsprint

    • Paper Packaging

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

      • China

    • Central & South America

    • Middle East & Africa

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