High grade: Industry growth has been marked by strong export markets and increased consumer spending

The Paperboard Mills industry has experienced strong growth over the five years to 2018. Industry mills process pulp, used paper and old corrugated containers into various paperboard varieties. Cardboard box and container manufacturers are the largest source of domestic revenue, and demand for such goods, which is tied to economic growth and levels of consumer spending, plays an important role in driving industry demand. Over the five years to 2023, the industry is anticipated to stagnate. Demand from cardboard box and container manufacturers is anticipated to slow, while other paper manufacturers will experience declining demand from print media, which will flow through to the industry...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Downstream paper manufacturers will experience declining demand
  • International trade has provided a valuable outlet for industry operators
  • Global trade will remain a critical source of revenue for industry operators
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Market share concentration within the Paperboard Mills industry in Canada is moderate, with the top three producers accounting for an estimated 63.8% of total industry revenue in 2019. The industry features a variety of different operators. Most industry revenue is captured by three large multinationals, although outside of these large companies the rest of the industry is primarily composed of smaller operators.Notably, there does not appear to have been significant merger or acquisition activity over the past five years, despite the small number of industry operators. In 2019, the three largest operators are forecast to account for a share of overall domestic revenue comparable with their share from 2014. Mea...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 scale
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Expending capital on labour saving equipment
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from cardboard box and container manufacturing and World price of wood pulp 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 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
  • Recycled paperboard
  • Bleached paperboard
  • Semichemical and other 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
  • World price of wood pulp
  • Canadian effective exchange rate index
  • Demand from coated and laminated paper manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Strong domestic operating conditions
  • Growth from foreign markets
  • Changing landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Domestic manufacturing and global trade trends
  • Substitute products
  • 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 in Canada
  • Coated & Laminated Paper Manufacturing in Canada
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing in Canada
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing in Canada
  • Recycling Facilities in Canada
  • Wood Pulp Mills in Canada

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

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Cardboard box and container manufacturers
  • Coated and laminated paper manufacturers
  • Office stationery and other manufacturers
  • 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
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther
  • 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
    Cascades Inc., WestRock Company, Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.,
  • Table: Cascades Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: WestRock Company - financial performance
  • Table: Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. - 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 (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)
  • World price of wood pulp (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bleached Paperboard
  • A white paperboard made from pulp containing no less than 80.0% bleached virgin wood fibres.
  • 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 fibres from various grades of paper stock, with the larger portion of the pulp being recycled fibres and the lesser amount being virgin fibres.
  • Unbleached Kraft Paperboard
  • A paperboard made from pulp containing no less than 80.0% wood fibres produced by the sulfate (kraft) process.
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