The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Paper & Pulp Mills 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 focuses on industry performance in key regions around the world and identifies the leading companies globally.


Market Share of Companies
International Paper Company $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the five years to 2017, revenue for the Global Pulp and Paper industry is expected to increase, with minor growth resulting from increasing demand for paperboard packaging and tissue products. Although demand for printing and writing paper has vanished following the shift of content delivery toward digital media and online advertising, the emerging prevalence of online retail and fast shipping has increased overall demand for corrugated cardboard and paperboard product input materials. Over the five years to 2022, IBISWorld projects that industry revenue will increase. Although rapid manufacturing growth in Asia may be slowing, the region represents a key growth market for pulp and fluff mills that provide sanitary and hygienic paper product inputs...

Industry Products

Paperboard and packaging paper

Paperboard and packaging paper products represent the industry's largest product segment, accounting for 39.1% of worldwide production, according to the latest data available from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Paperboard is an intermediate product that is typically sold in sheets to downstream converters, which uses the sheets to make other products, such as cardboard and other packaging products. Paperboard is broadly segmented into unbleached kraft paperboard, bleached paperboard, recycled paperboard and semichemical paperboard. Paperboard and packaging paper products have outperformed the sector as a whole over the past five years, largely due to their reliance in industrial production trends.


Additional Insights for the Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Ability to combine operations to achieve cost savings
  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index of OECD countries and GDP of the BRIC nations in the Global Paper & Pulp Mills industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry?

    Paper and pulp mills produce a variety of bulk paper, paperboard and pulp input materials using woodchips, clay, lime, dyes, chemical resins, bleaches and other inputs. Pulp mills separate cellulose fibers from wood and other recyclable materials to make pulp, and paper mills use this pulp to manufacture paper products. Some paper mills manufacture paper and paperboard through their own separate pulp mill processes while others choose to purchase pulp from upstream pulp mills.

    Industry Products
    Paperboard and packaging paper
    Industry Activities
    items such as paper rolls, printing paper, writing paper and industrial paper
    coated, sanitary and tissue paper
    paperboard, packaging board and corrugated linerboard
    wood pulp from wood chips and recyclable wastepaper, bagasse, rags and straw

    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
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • Global internet usage
  • World price of wood pulp
  • Global population

  • Current Performance
  • Volatile demand
  • Profit margins stabilize
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mixed performance
  • Industry expansion
  • Table: Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing
  • Global Newspaper Publishing
  • Global Book Publishing
  • Global Magazine Publishing
  • Global Commercial Printing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing
  • Global Basic Inorganic Chemicals Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Paperboard and packaging paper
  • Pulp
  • Paper
  • Chart: Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Macroeconomic factors
  • Changes in population trends
  • Competition from electronics
  • Environmental considerations

  • Major Markets
  • Packaging manufacturers
  • Publishers and stationery manufacturers
  • Other
  • Sanitary and household product manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, rent, utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Paper & Pulp Mills

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Paper & Pulp Mills Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    International Paper Company
  • Table: International Paper Company - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Paper & Pulp Mills 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 Paper & Pulp Mills 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
    Coated Paper
  • A paper that has been coated by a compound to impart certain qualities to it.
  • Market Pulp
  • Pulp that is shipped and sold as is, rather than processed into paper in the same facility.
  • Newsprint
  • Low-cost, non-archival paper most commonly used to print newspapers, as well as other publications and advertising material.
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