Papered over: Despite improved demand, increased outsourcing will limit industry growth

The Paperboard Mills industry produces paperboard, which is an intermediate good used primarily in the manufacturing of cardboard boxes. As a result, the industry benefits from consumer demand for a wide variety of goods that use 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. In addition, strong substitute competition, particularly from plastic packaging, has constrained growth in industry selling prices and limited revenue gains. Over the next five years, continued growth in consumer spending is expected to improve industry performance...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Continued growth in consumer spending is expected to improve industry performance
  • Environmental awareness has shifted consumer preferences toward paper-based packaging
  • Direct international trade of paperboard is anticipated to remain limited
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Paperboard Mills industry is in the mature stage of its economic life cycle. This stage is characterized by a high level of market acceptance of industry products and ongoing consolidation. Industry value added (IVA), which measures an industry's contribution to the overall economy, is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 1.2% over the 10 years to 2022. In contrast, US GDP is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 2.0% during the same period. These figures signify that the industry is growing at a slightly slower rate than the overall economy, a key feature of a mature industry.The industry is heavily reliant on cardboard manufacturing trends, given that cardboard manufacturers purchase an estimated 72.3% of the paperboard produced in the United States. Car...purchase to read more.

    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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    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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

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

  • Industry Globalization
    WestRock Company, International Paper Co.,
  • Table: WestRock Company - financial performance
  • Table: International Paper Co. - financial performance

  • 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
    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
    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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