Old Corrugated Containers: An Overview
Corrugated packaging has become one of the indispensable formats in the packaging industry. Some of the factors that have led to increased preference for corrugated packaging include customizability and reusability. In addition, corrugated packaging offers environment friendly packaging solutions to the end users. Old corrugated containers are a rich source of wood pulp fiber, and have been establishing themselves as an increasingly valuable commodity in the paper packaging industry. Old corrugated packages are also witnessing significant demand across countries in Asia Pacific for the production of new paper for boarded and containers in a cost-effective way. Growth of the paper industry is a key factor encouraging demand for old corrugated containers in the global market. On the account of these factors, the overall outlook on growth of the global old corrugated containers market is expected to remain positive during the forecast period.
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Old corrugated containers market: Dynamics
Despite the rapid shift towards digitization, the global paper industry has been experiencing steady rise in the emerging economies. It is expected that there are growth opportunities of immense potential for the industry to tap into. Although most of the largest paper companies have faced slackened growth rates in business in the past few years, they have focused their operation on specific segments. Contrary to popular belief, the global paper and pulp industry is alive and kicking. With the expansion of the manufacturing industry in China, demand for environment-friendly packages is likely to remain high. According to the American Forest & Paper Association, around 32% of the recycled paper across the world is exported, of which, China accounts for a mammoth share. The Middle East being a ‘fiber-poor’ region, is expected to witness a significant rise in demand for old corrugated containers during the forecast period.
Global old corrugated containers market: Segmentation
Globally, the old corrugated containers market has been segmented as –
On the basis of product type, the global old corrugated containers market is segmented as –
- Cardboard Trimmings
- Fruits Pack Cartons
- Other cardboard types
On the basis of source, the global old corrugated containers market is segmented as –
On the basis of region, the global old corrugated containers market is segmented as –
- North America
- Latin America
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- Asia Pacific excluding Japan
- Middle East & Africa
The Asia Pacific region is expected to spearhead the competitive market of old corrugated containers. China alone is expected to witness a significant demand for recycled paper attributed to the rapid growth of the manufacturing industry. In addition, lack of fiber resources in the middle-east countries is also anticipated to fuel demand for old corrugated containers, supported by a growing pulp & paper industry. On the contrary, the U.S among other countries of North America, continues to represent a major supplier of the old corrugated containers, and is expected to retain its position during the forecast period.
Global old corrugated containers market: Research methodology
A robust methodology was used to arrive at the market size of old corrugated containers. Both supply-side and demand side analysis were performed.
The key recycling companies were identified, and their overall revenues were assessed. Revenues generated from the export/sales of old corrugated containers was estimated, and the overall market size was validated through primary interviews conducted with key opinion leaders in the paper industry.
The overall demand for recycled paper was tracked by determining the consumption of paper for new products, and simultaneously tracking the penetration of recycled paper. Other sources such as Trade Map were referred to track and analyze the export/import scenario of recycled paper across the world.
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Global old corrugated containers market: Key players
Old corrugated containers are distributed across the market through various recycling companies, which then export the material to countries like China.