Paper, not plastic: Growing environmental concerns are expected to bolster demand

Operators in the Cardboard Packaging and Paper Bag Manufacturing industry produce a range of packaging solutions, such as corrugated boxes, folding cartons and customised cardboard containers. Industry revenue has displayed volatility over the past five years as a result of random shocks to the industry. Overall, revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 0.7% over the five years through 2018-19 to £4.4 billion. This includes forecast growth of 1% in the current year. Despite consumer spending and downstream demand improving, the industry has struggled over the past five years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£4.4bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-0.7%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
23,486
Businesses
441

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Import competition has weighed on revenue, but the weak pound is alleviating this pressure
  • Display packaging has become a key growth area as manufacturers use displays to attract sales
  • The weak pound is likely to increase purchase costs, negatively affecting profit
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry has a medium level of capital intensity. An industry’s capital-to-labour ratio indicates the relative importance of labour and machinery in the production process. For every £1.00 of capital investment, industry operators are expected to spend £5.56 on labour. Despite the technological advancements being made, labour is still vital to design, chemical and other engineering, machine operation, sales, management and administration jobs.The level of capital intensity has risen over the past five years as a number of major players in the industry have recently completed capital investments at UK plants, reducing the industry’s reliance on labour. Add...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry are

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real private consumption expenditure and Demand from plastic packing goods manufacturing in the Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry?

    Operators in this industry manufacture cardboard packaging and paper bags and sacks. Cardboard packaging includes corrugated and solid cardboard boxes, folding cartons and customised cardboard containers. This industry excludes the manufacture of moulded or pressed articles of paper pulp, such as egg cartons and paper plates.

    Industry Products
  • Paper bags and sacks
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes, cartons and cases
  • Non-corrugated cardboard boxes, cartons and cases
  • Corrugated cardboard in rolls or sheets
  • Industry Activities
  • Paper bag and sack
  • Corrugated cardboard container
  • Solid cardboard container
  • Customised cardboard container
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Demand from plastic packing goods manufacturing
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Producer price index for paper and paperboard

  • Current Performance
  • Fluctuating performance
  • Trade boost
  • Developing demand
  • Paper products
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • The referendum result
  • Developing markets
  • Table: Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Breakfast Cereals & Cereal-Based Foods Production
  • Footwear Manufacturing
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Takeaway & Fast-Food Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Non-Hazardous Waste Collection
  • Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes, cartons and cases
  • Non-corrugated cardboard boxes, cartons and cases
  • Corrugated cardboard in rolls or sheets
  • Paper bags and sacks
  • Other
  • Chart: Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Food and beverage manufacturers
  • Other manufacturers
  • Exports
  • Retailers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationUtilities and rentOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Smurfit Kappa UK Ltd, DS Smith plc, SAICA Pack UK Limited,
  • Table: Smurfit Kappa UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: DS Smith plc - financial performance
  • Table: SAICA Pack UK Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag 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 Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Corrugated Cardboard
  • A paper-based material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet and one or two flat linerboards. It is widely used to make boxes and shipping containers.
  • E-Commerce
  • The buying and selling of goods via the internet.
  • Fast-Moving Consumer Goods
  • Products sold quickly at relatively low costs. Examples include non-durable goods such as food and toiletries.
  • Kraft Paper
  • A strong, brown paper often used for paper sacks and wrapping.
  • Rigid Boxes
  • Cardboard boxes manufactured so they cannot be folded or unfolded. They are shipped in their original form.
  • Solid Cardboard
  • This is constructed by laminating together a layer of paper and paperboard to produce a thicker, heavier sheet.
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