Paper & Paper Products Manufacturing Report Summary

SIC Codes: 2611 2621 2631 2652 2653 2655 2656 2657 2671 2672 2673 2674 2675 2676 2677 2678 3497
NAICS Codes: 322110 322121 322122 322130 322211 322212 322219 322220 322230 322291 322299

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms

Paper & Paper Products Manufacturing Industry Overview

Excerpt from Paper & Paper Products Manufacturing Report

Companies in this industry make paper and converted paper products, including paperboard, corrugated and paperboard containers, coated papers, and paper bags. Major companies include Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, Neenah Paper, and WestRock (all based in the US), as well as Domtar (Canada), Oji Holdings (Japan), and Stora Enso (Finland).

Competitive Landscape

Demand is driven by general commercial activity and population growth. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, as products are sold mainly based on price. Big companies have advantages in distribution and can supply large customers. There are few economies of scale in manufacturing; large and small producers operate the same kinds of plants -- large producers just have more of them. Small companies can compete successfully by making specialty products or serving a small geographical market.

Products, Operations & Technology

Corrugated and paperboard containers account for about 30% of industry revenue; other major products include paperboard (15%), bags and coated and treated paper (10%), and sanitary paper products (5%). Tens of thousands of different paper products are produced, but most manufacturers concentrate on a limited product line.

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