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High Growth Forecasted for the US Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes Market

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US Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes Market

US demand to approach $41 billion in 2012

Demand for corrugated and paperboard boxes is expected to rise 2.5% annually through 2012 to nearly $41 billion, with gains driven by an increase in manufacturing activity in both nondurable and durable goods. In addition, advances will be bolstered by the increasing importance of higher-value boxes offering improved printing and graphics capabilities as producers seek ways to boost the aesthetic appeal of boxes in the face of competition from alternative packaging. While boxes with more sophisticated graphics are typically more prevalent in the folding carton segment, changes in the retail landscape, including the popularity of warehouse club stores, have also prompted corrugated box makers to develop boxes that serve as attractive billboards.

Corrugated, solid fiber boxes to grow most rapidly

Corrugated and solid fiber boxes, which accounted for more than 70% of demand in 2007, will register the fastest growth based on their well-entrenched position as low-cost shipping containers in virtually all manufacturing sectors. Growth will also stem from the good environmental profile of corrugated boxes, which will become increasingly advantageous as interest in sustainable packaging continues to rise. In addition, value gains will be supported by rising demand for boxes utilizing more expensive white top linerboard grades that can accommodate high-quality printing. Folding paperboard box demand wlll rise slower than corrugated box growth as folding cartons face heightened competition in many markets from alternative packaging such as pouches. In addition, a sharp deceleration in beverage shipments -- a major folding carton market -- will restrain demand. Demand for set-up boxes will primarily be driven by surging low-cost imports, as the labor intensive nature of such containers makes them more amenable to production in countries like China, which have substantially lower labor costs than the US.

Food and beverage market will remain dominant

Food and beverages will remain the dominant market for boxes, accounting for more than 40% of corrugated and paperboard box demand in 2012. Strong growth will be registered in such large markets as beverages, fresh produce and bakery items. Other nondurable goods markets offering good prospects for boxes are pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and toiletries, and rubber and plastic products. In durable goods markets, good growth prospects will be in music, entertainment and software products; medical and other instruments; stone, clay and glass items; and motor vehicle parts. Box growth in nonmanufacturing markets such as retail shipping and carry-out foodservice will be aided by further popularity of Internet shopping and quick-service restaurants.

Study coverage

It presents historical demand data (1997, 2002, 2007) as well as forecasts for 2012 and 2017 for boxes by type and market. In addition, the study evaluates company market shares and profiles 27 industry competitors.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION x

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4

Macroeconomic Outlook 5

Demographic & Household Trends 10

Age Distribution Patterns 11

Household Formation 13

Consumer Income & Spending 13

Retail Sales 15

Manufacturing 18

Durable Goods 20

Nondurable Goods 21

Packaging Industry Trends 22

Competitive Packaging Materials 25

Environmental Image 28

Aesthetics 29

Historical Market Trends 30

Pricing Trends & Product Mix 34

Paperboard Pricing Trends 36

Environmental & Regulatory Issues 38

World Markets 40

Foreign Trade 41

III. MATERIALS 44

General 44

Supply & Demand 45

Unbleached Kraft Board 47

Linerboard 48

Boxboard 50

Recycled Board 51

Semichemical Board 55

Bleached Kraft Board 57

Paperboard Consumption in Boxes 59

Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes 61

Folding Paperboard Boxes 64

Set-Up Paperboard Boxes 66

Other Materials Consumption in Boxes 68

Adhesives 69

Inks 70

Waxes 72

IV. PRODUCTS 75

General 75

Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes 78

Products 80

Capacity 82

Constructions 84

Strength Requirements 86

Mini-Flute Corrugated Boxes 88

High-Quality Printing 91

Markets 93

Folding Paperboard Boxes 96

Products 98

Windowed Paperboard Boxes 101

Printing & Design 103

Markets 105

Set-Up Paperboard Boxes 109

V. MARKETS 114

General 114

Food & Beverages 117

Food & Beverage Industry Outlook 117

Box Demand 119

Meat, Poultry & Seafood 121

Beverages 125

Grain Mill Products 128

Fresh Produce 130

Canned Food 134

Frozen Food 135

Bakery Products 137

Dairy Products 139

Candy & Confections 141

Other Food 143

Box Types 144

Nonfood Nondurable Goods 147

Paper & Publishing 148

Paper & Publishing Outlook 148

Box Demand 150

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Products 152

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Industry Outlook 153

Box Demand 156

Pharmaceuticals 158

Cosmetics & Toiletries 162

Cleaning Chemicals 165

Other Chemical Products 167

Other Nondurable Goods 169

Rubber & Plastic Products 171

Textiles & Apparel 173

Tobacco 174

All Other Nondurables 175

Durable Goods 177

Machinery & Equipment 178

Machinery & Equipment Outlook 179

Box Demand 180

Fabricated Metal Products 182

Fabricated Metal Products Outlook 183

Box Demand 184

Other Durable Goods 186

Stone, Clay & Glass Products 188

Furniture, Lumber & Wood Products 189

Motor Vehicle Parts 190

Toys & Sporting Goods 191

Music, Entertainment & Software 193

Silverware & Jewelry 194

Instruments & All Other Durables 195

Nonmanufacturing 196

Foodservice & Carry-Out 198

Retail Shipping 199

Moving, Storage & Other 200

VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 202

General 202

Market Share 206

Smurfit-Stone 207

International Paper 208

Weyerhaeuser 209

Temple-Inland 210

Georgia-Pacific 210

Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes 211

Folding Paperboard Boxes 212

Graphic Packaging 214

Rock-Tenn 215

Altivity Packaging 215

MeadWestvaco 216

International Paper 217

Acquisitions & Divestitures 218

Manufacturing 223

Marketing 224

Distribution Strategies 226

Cooperative Agreements 227

Competitive Strategies 230

Regional Dynamics 232

Company Profiles 234

Ace Packaging, see International Paper

AGI Media, see MeadWestvaco

AGI/Klearfold, see MeadWestvaco

Alliance Display, see Rock-Tenn

Altivity Packaging LLC 235

Boise Cascade Holdings LLC 237

Boise Incorporated 238

Caraustar Industries Incorporated 239

Cascades Incorporated 243

Cin-Made Packaging Group, see Sonoco Products

Color-Box, see Koch Industries

Cortegra Group, see Menasha

Creative Press, see Menasha

Dopaco, see Cascades

Field Container, see Altivity Packaging

Fold-Pak, see Rock-Tenn

Georgia-Pacific, see Koch Industries

Graphic Packaging Corporation 248

Green Bay Packaging Incorporated 250

Greif Incorporated 252

GSD Packaging, see Rock-Tenn

International Paper Company 253

Interstate Container, see Interstate Resources

Interstate Paper, see Interstate Resources

Interstate Resources Incorporated 257

Koch Industries Incorporated 259

Longview Fibre Company 262

MeadWestvaco Corporation 264

Menasha Corporation 269

Multi-Wall Packaging Corporation 271

New Jersey Packaging, see Menasha

Newark Group Incorporated 272

Norampac, see Cascades

Packaging Corporation of America 273

Pohlig Brothers, see Southern Container

Potlatch Corporation 275

Pratt Industries, see Visy Industries

Premier Boxboard, see Caraustar Industries and Temple-Inland

Rock-Tenn Company 276

RTS Packaging, see Rock-Tenn and Sonoco Products

Schiffenhaus Industries, see Southern Container

Shorewood Packaging, see International Paper

Simkins Industries Incorporated 281

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation 282

Solvay Paperboard, see Southern Container

Sonoco Products Company 286

Southern Container Corporation 288

Specialized Packaging Group Incorporated 290

Temple-Inland Incorporated 291

Tri-Wall, see Weyerhaeuser Company

United Corrstack, see Interstate Resources

US Corrugated Incorporated 293

Visy Industries Incorporated 294

Weyerhaeuser Company 296

Other Companies Mentioned in Study 300

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9

2 Population & Households 11

3 Personal Income & Expenditures 15

4 Retail Sales 18

5 Manufacturers' Shipments 19

6 Packaging Supply & Demand 25

7 Corrugated & Paperboard Box Market, 1997-2007 33

8 Corrugated & Paperboard Box Pricing 36

9 Foreign Trade in Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes 43

SECTION III -- MATERIALS

1 Paperboard Supply & Demand by Type 47

2 Unbleached Kraft Board Supply & Demand 48

3 Recycled Board Supply & Demand 54

4 Semichemical Board Supply & Demand 56

5 Bleached Kraft Board Supply & Demand 59

6 Paperboard Consumption in Boxes by Grade & Box Type 60

7 Paperboard Consumption in Corrugated & Solid Fiber Boxes by Material & Grade 63

8 Paperboard Consumption in Folding Paperboard Boxes 66

9 Paperboard Consumption in Set-Up Paperboard Boxes 67

10 Other Materials Consumption in Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes 68

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS

1 Corrugated & Paperboard Box Supply & Demand 77

2 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Supply & Demand 80

3 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Production by Construction 85

4 Mini-Flute Corrugated Box Shipments 90

5 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Demand by Market 95

6 Folding Paperboard Box Supply & Demand 98

7 Windowed Paperboard Box Shipments by Market 103

8 Folding Paperboard Box Demand by Market 108

9 Set-Up Paperboard Box Supply & Demand 112

SECTION V -- MARKETS

1 Corrugated & Paperboard Box Markets 116

2 Food & Beverage Shipments 119

3 Food & Beverage Box Market 120

4 Meat, Poultry & Seafood Box Market 125

5 Beverage Box Market 128

6 Grain Mill Product Box Market 130

7 Fresh Produce Box Market 133

8 Canned Food Box Market 135

9 Frozen Food Box Market 137

10 Bakery Product Box Market 139

11 Dairy Product Box Market 141

12 Candy & Confection Box Market 143

13 Other Food Box Market 144

14 Food & Beverage Box Demand by Type 146

15 Nonfood Nondurable Goods Box Market 147

16 Paper & Publishing Shipments 150

17 Paper & Publishing Box Market 152

18 Chemical & Pharmaceutical Shipments 156

19 Chemical & Pharmaceutical Box Demand by Market & Type 158

20 Pharmaceutical Box Market 162

21 Cosmetic & Toiletry Box Market 165

22 Cleaning Chemical Box Market 167

23 Other Chemical Products Box Market 169

24 Other Nondurable Goods Box Demand by Market & Type 171

25 Durable Goods Box Demand by Market & Type 178

26 Machinery & Equipment Shipments 180

27 Machinery & Equipment Box Market 182

28 Selected Fabricated Metal Product Shipments 184

29 Metal Product Box Market 186

30 Other Durable Goods Box Demand by Market & Type 188

31 Nonmanufacturing Box Demand by Market & Type 197

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Sales by Company, 2007 204

2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 220

3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 229

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 Corrugated & Paperboard Box Market, 1997-2007 33

2 Paperboard Pricing, 1997-2007 37

SECTION III -- MATERIALS

1 Paperboard Consumption in Boxes, 2007 61

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS

1 Corrugated & Paperboard Box Shipments by Type, 1997-2017 78

2 Corrugated Capacity, Year-End 2007 84

3 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Demand by Market, 2007 95

4 Folding Paperboard Box Demand by Market, 2007 108

5 Set-Up Paperboard Box Demand by Market, 2007 113

SECTION V -- MARKETS

1 Corrugated & Paperboard Box Markets, 2007 116

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 US Corrugated & Paperboard Box Market Share, 2007 207

2 Corrugated & Solid Fiber Box Market Share, 2007 212

3 Folding Paperboard Box Market Share, 2007 214

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