The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
Graphic Packaging Holding Company $x.xlock
International Paper Company $x.xlock
Packaging Corp. of America $x.xlock
Smurfit Kappa $x.xlock
WestRock $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Industry revenue for the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing industry was adversely impacted by the global recession, with falling industrial production in developed markets outweighing relatively strong performances in China, India and other emerging markets. The majority of industry companies operate locally, providing cardboard boxes to companies within a relatively short distance from their facilities. While industry products will experience continued competition from substitute plastic packaging, falling input prices and the environmental advantages of industry products are expected to more than offset this trend in the coming years...

Industry Locations

North Asia is the largest cardboard packaging producing region in the world. An estimated 36.5% of total folding boxboard is made in this part of the globe, with China accounting for 79.0% of the region's production according to the latest available data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). China is by far the most significant country for the industry with respect to domestic production, with volume steadily increasing during the past decade. The Chinese paper and paper product industry has developed rapidly in recent years, largely due to foreign investment and import of technology. The..

Additional Insights for the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index of OECD countries and World price of wood pulp in the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry?

    Operators in this industry convert paper, paperboard and old corrugated containers into cardboard boxes, containers and similar packaging solutions. The industry produces corrugated and solid cardboard packaging for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale, shipping, retail and others. Flexible packaging like paper bags and plastic sacks are excluded.

    Industry Products
    Corrugated and solid fiber boxes
    Folding paperboard boxes
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing corrugated and solid fiber boxes
    Manufacturing folding paperboard boxes
    Manufacturing non-folding sanitary food containers
    Manufacturing fiber cans, tubes, drums and similar products
    Manufacturing setup paperboard boxes

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production index of OECD countries
  • World price of wood pulp
  • Global consumer spending
  • Global population

  • Current Performance
  • Industry environment
  • Production and international trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Developing economies take the lead
  • Industry set to expand
  • Table: Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing
  • Global Manufacturing
  • Global Household Cooking & Appliance Manufacturing
  • Global Wholesale Trade
  • Global Transport, Post and Storage

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Paper & Pulp Mills
  • Global Recycling

  • Products & Services
  • Corrugated and solid fiber boxes
  • Folding paperboard boxes
  • Other
  • Chart: Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Food, beverage and agricultural producers
  • Retail and whole trade sectors
  • Miscellaneous manufacturers
  • Paper and other product producers
  • Chemical, plastic and rubber product producers
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages and depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    International Paper CompanyWestRock CompanySmurfit Kappa Group plcPackaging Corp. of AmericaGraphic Packaging Holding Company
  • Table: International Paper Company - financial performance
  • Table: WestRock Company - financial performance
  • Table: Smurfit Kappa Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Packaging Corp. of America - financial performance
  • Table: Graphic Packaging Holding Company - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World price of wood pulp (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Aseptic Packaging
  • Packaging that has been treated in such a manner so as to maintain the sterility of itself and its contents.
  • Corrugated Packaging
  • Paper-based material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet and one or two flat linerboards. It is widely used in the manufacture of corrugated boxes and shipping containers.
  • Gable-Top Packaging
  • Packaging that comes to a ridge at its top, so that it resembles the gables on the side of a house; commonly used for milk beverages.
  • Rigid-Sided Boxes
  • Cardboard boxes that are manufactured so they cannot be folded and unfolded, and are shipped in their original form.
  • Solid Cardboard
  • Constructed when a layer of paper and paperboard are laminated together to produce a thicker, heavier sheet.
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