Boxed up: Rising downstream markets will keep industry revenue growth steady

Over the past five years, the Cardboard Box and Container Manufacturing industry has benefited from rising manufacturing activity and the stability of purchases from food, beverage and agricultural producers. Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of e-commerce, a significant downstream market for industry operators, has propped up industry revenue over the past five years. Conditions for the industry over the next five years will remain dependent upon activity within key downstream industries that use cardboard packaging products. Industrial production is forecast to improve over the five years to 2023 as consumer spending picks up. However, the growth of input prices such as the world price of wood pulp, which affects paperboard prices, will restrain industry profit margin growth...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • E-commerce, a significant downstream market for industry operators, has propped up industry revenue
  • The industry’s average profit margin has grown slowly over the past five years
  • Nearly half all industry products are used by food, beverage and agricultural producers
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Cardboard Box and Container Manufacturing industry produces cardboard boxes, containers and other packaging solutions and serves nearly every sector of the economy. Operators make products such as fiber tubes, composite cans and food containers. Sales of cardboard boxes and containers largely reflect US economic health. The macroeconomic landscape has been stable over the five years to 2018, helping the Cardboard Box and Container Manufacturing industry grow during the period. Cardboard is the most widely used form of packaging for transporting goods in the United States. Therefore, industry performance largely depends on demand from food, beverage, automobile, electronics, paper and clothing manufacturing. Ove...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labor
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from food manufacturing and commerce sales in the Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry converts purchased paper, paperboard and old corrugated containers into cardboard boxes, containers and similar packaging solutions. Industry operators produce corrugated and solid cardboard packaging for a range of sectors and industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale, shipping and retail, among others.

    Industry Products
  • Corrugated and solid fiber boxes
  • Folding paperboard boxes
  • Other paperboard containers
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing corrugated and solid fiber boxes
  • Manufacturing folding paperboard boxes
  • Manufacturing nonfolding sanitary food containers
  • Manufacturing fiber cans, tubes, drums and similar products
  • Manufacturing rigid-sided setup paperboard boxes
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from food manufacturing
  • commerce sales
  • External competition for the Cardboard Box and Container Manufacturing industry
  • Industrial production index
  • Consumer spending

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream demand
  • Profitability
  • Going global
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream demand picks up
  • Offshoring and trade
  • Substitutes and preferences
  • Table: Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Packaging & Labeling Services
  • Accommodation and Food Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Adhesive Manufacturing
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling
  • Paper Mills
  • Paperboard Mills
  • Printing
  • Recycling Facilities

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

  • Demand Determinants
  • Economic woes
  • Industry changes
  • Consumer preferences

  • Major Markets
  • Food, beverage and agricultural producers
  • Wholesale and retail sectors
  • Miscellaneous
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    WestRock Company, International Paper Co., Packaging Corporation of America,
  • Table: WestRock Company - financial performance
  • Table: International Paper Co. - financial performance
  • Table: Packaging Corporation of America - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Industrial production index (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • A form of paperboard specially manufactured for the production of corrugated cardboard. The term encompasses linerboard and corrugating medium.
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • 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.
  • Sanitary Food Containers
  • Nonfolding cartons made for food storage. Cartons for liquids can be fabricated from laminates of paperboard, foil and polyethylene.
  • Solid Fiber Box
  • A box constructed by layers of paperboard or paper and paperboard that are laminated together to produce a thicker, heavier sheet and a more durable product.
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