Paper thin: Despite improved demand, increased outsourcing will limit industry growth

IBISWorld’s Paperboard Mills market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Continued growth in consumer spending is expected to improve industry performance over the next five years
  • Environmental awareness has shifted consumer preferences toward paper-based packaging
  • Direct international trade of paperboard is anticipated to remain very limited over the next five years

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Paperboard Mills industry produces paperboard, which is an intermediate good used primarily in the manufacture of cardboard boxes. As a result, the industry benefits from consumer demand for a wide variety of goods that utilize cardboard packaging. Although consumer spending has increased since 2012, the industry has struggled with rising import penetration in the US manufacturing sector, which has reduced demand for US-produced paperboard. Over the next five years, an acceleration of growth in consumer spending is expected to improve industry performance. However, low margins in paperboard production are expected to encourage consolidation and limit workforce expansions...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Market share concentration within the Paperboard Mills industry is moderate, with the top three producers accounting for an estimated 58.9% of total industry revenue in 2017. This level of concentration has increased over the past five years, from 46.9% in 2012. An increase in acquisition activity over the five-year period largely explains the industry's increasing market share concentration. Larger, vertically integrated companies, such as International Paper Company, exhibit economies of scale and have more capital to expand production when demand increases. Additionally, in times of poor economic conditions, large firms have the power to purchase other operators in order to expand operations and increase market share. Thi..

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    Additional Insights for the Paperboard Mills Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Paperboard Mills Industry are

  • Economies of scope
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labor
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from cardboard box and container manufacturing and Import penetration into the manufacturing sector in the Paperboard Mills industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Paperboard Mills Industry?

    This industry processes pulp, used paper and old corrugated containers (OCC) into various paperboard varieties, including unbleached and bleached packaging paperboard, coated paperboard, industrial converting paperboard and recycled paperboard. The paperboard this industry produces is sold mainly to cardboard box and container manufacturers and to a range of consumer and industrial product producers for further processing.

    Industry Products
    Unbleached kraft paperboard
    Bleached paperboard
    Semichemical and other paperboard
    Recycled paperboard
    Industry Activities
    Producing unbleached and bleached packaging paperboard
    Producing recycled paperboard
    Producing semichemical paperboard
    Producing corrugated medium and linerboard

    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
  • Demand from cardboard box and container manufacturing
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • World price of wood pulp
  • Consumer spending

  • Current Performance
  • Stable downstream demand
  • Ongoing consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • High competition
  • Industry restructuring
  • Table: Paperboard Mills Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Paperboard Mills Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing
  • Coated & Laminated Paper Manufacturing
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Bag & Disposable Plastic Product Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Recycling Facilities
  • Wood Pulp Mills

  • Products & Services
  • Unbleached kraft paperboard
  • Recycled paperboard
  • Bleached paperboard
  • Semichemical and other paperboard
  • Chart: Paperboard Mills Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Domestic climate dictates demand
  • Consumer preferences

  • Major Markets
  • Cardboard box and container manufacturers
  • Coated and laminated paper manufacturers
  • Office stationery and other manufacturers
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Paperboard 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 and depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Paperboard Mills

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Paperboard Mills Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    WestRock CompanyInternational Paper Co.
  • Table: WestRock Company - financial performance
  • Table: International Paper Co. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Paperboard 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 Paperboard 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
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Black Liquor
  • A toxic byproduct produced by the kraft process when wood is converted into wood pulp and then into paper.
  • Bleached Paperboard
  • A white paperboard made from pulp containing no less than 80.0% bleached virgin wood fibers.
  • Containerboard
  • Any type of paperboard that is used in the production of corrugated cardboard, including linerboard and corrugated medium.
  • Linerboard
  • The solid outer sides of corrugated cardboard.
  • Recycled Paperboard
  • A paperboard made out of a combination of recycled fibers from various grades of paper stock, with the larger portion of the pulp being recycled fibers and the lesser amount being virgin fibers.
  • Unbleached Kraft Paperboard
  • A paperboard made from pulp containing no less than 80.0% wood fibers produced by the sulfate (kraft) process.
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