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US Protective Packaging Market

  • December 2015
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  • Freedonia
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  • 313 pages

Study coverage

This report presents historical data (2004, 2009 and 2014) plus forecasts for 2019 and 2024 by product and material type in value and volume terms, as well as by function and market in value terms. In addition, this study examines market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, analyzes company market share and profiles 44 competitors in the US industry.

Demand to increase 4.9% per annum through 2019

Demand for protective packaging in the US is forecast to rise 4.9 percent per year to $6.8 billion in 2019, driven primarily by the robust outlook for Internet shopping. Continued economic recovery following the 2007-2009 recession will also provide opportunities for protective packaging. These factors will contribute to the growth for cost-effective packaging used to limit the effects of shock, vibration, temperature abuse, and other damaging effects during shipping and handling.

Flexible protective packaging to remain as leading type

Flexible protective packaging will continue to be the leading protective packaging type through 2019, as flexible products are highly prized for their light weight, versatility, and aesthetic advantages over other materials such as plastic foams. The category is comprised of items such as protective mailers, which are the leading protective packaging product, and air pillows, which are expected to show the most rapid gains as users in every market looking for ways to eliminate excess package weight and cost often opt for air pillows over loose-fill alternatives. Also included in this category are bubble packaging products, paper fill, and dunnage bags.

Foam products are the second leading protective packaging type, with insulated shipping containers posting the fastest gains. These products are traditionally manufactured from expanded polystyrene or polyurethane foam and are used to protect temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals and food. Rigid protective packaging will comprise the smallest share of demand, although green initiatives will lead to above average gains for molded pulp and other niche products that are substituted for molded foam products as concerns regarding the environmental sustainability of foams continue to stifle demand.

Manufacturing markets to continue as top applications

Despite continued advances by the nonmanufacturing sector, protective packaging applications in manufacturing markets will continue to lead in value terms. Healthy growth in durable goods manufacturing for products such as appliances, motor vehicle parts, and industrial machinery will contribute to a high level of demand for protective packaging for these products and others that require cushioning and bracing during shipment. Demand for protective packaging intended for nondurable goods manufacturing will be driven by growing specialized handling requirements for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, leading to a greater need for insulated shipping containers, products that can be manufactured from foam or a wide range of both flexible and rigid materials.

As the volume of products ordered online continues to grow, the number of shipments from both large retailers such as Amazon and small online marketplace contributors on sites such as Etsy will lead to rapid gains in demand for costeffective and visually appealing protective products for the Internet and catalog market. In addition, the burgeoning online grocery and meal delivery industry will drive demand for insulating material effective in controlling temperature but also environmentally friendly, as many consumers have concerns with the sustainability practices of these services.

Table Of Contents

US Protective Packaging Market
General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Consumer Income and Spending Trends 9
Demographic Trends 12
Manufacturing Outlook 16
Electronic and Computer Trends 21
Appliance Trends 24
Retail Sales Outlook 26
E-commerce and Catalog Sales Outlook 30
Packaging Industry Outlook 35
Box Industry Outlook 37
Plastic Resin Outlook 40
Plastic Foams Outlook 44
Environmental Considerations 47
Regulatory Considerations 52
Pricing Trends 55
International Activity 58
General 61
Products 62
Materials 65
Functions 68
Cushioning 71
Blocking and Bracing 72
Insulation 73
Void Fill 75
Wrapping 77
Markets 78
Manufacturing 80
Non-Manufacturing 82
General 85
Protective Mailers 88
Materials and Applications 91
Producers 92
Bubble Packaging 95
Materials and Applications 96
Producers 97
Air Pillows 100
Materials and Applications 102
Producers 103
Paper Fill 106
Materials and Applications 107
Producers 108
Dunnage Bags 111
Materials and Applications 112
Producers 113
Other Flexible Protective Packaging 114
General 117
Insulated Shipping Containers 120
Materials and Applications 122
Producers 125
Molded Foam 128
Expanded Polystyrene 129
Materials and Applications 131
Producers 133
Polyolefins 136
Materials and Applications 137
Producers 138
Polyurethane 141
Materials and Applications 142
Producers 143
Foam-in-Place Polyurethane 144
Materials and Applications 145
Producers 146
Polyolefin Rolled Foam 148
Materials and Applications 149
Producers 149
Loose Fill 152
Expanded Polystyrene Loose Fill 153
Biodegradable Plastic Loose Fill 156
Other Foams 159
General 162
Paperboard Protectors 164
Materials and Applications 165
Producers 168
Molded Pulp 171
Materials and Applications 173
Producers 174
Other Rigid Protective Packaging 175
General 178
Market Share 182
Acquisitions and Divestitures 188
Marketing and Distribution 192
Competitive Strategies 196
Cooperative Agreements 198
Company Profiles 202
ACH Foam Technologies LLC 203
Alpek SAB de CV 205
American Excelsior Company 206
Automated Packaging Systems Incorporated 208
Barnhardt Manufacturing Company 210
Bayer AG 212
Buckeye Corrugated Incorporated 213
Caraustar Industries Incorporated 215
Carpenter Company 218
Cascades Incorporated 219
Cellofoam North America Incorporated 224
Cold Chain Technologies Incorporated 226
Ecovative Design LLC 229
Foam Fabricators Incorporated 231
Free-Flow Packaging International Incorporated 232
Great Northern Corporation 235
Hexacomb, see Packaging of America
Huntington Foam LLC 237
Huntsman Corporation 238
Induspac, see Specialized Packaging Group
iVEX Protective Packaging, see Specialized Packaging
Jarden Corporation 240
Landaal Packaging Systems Incorporated 242
LEWISBINS+, see Menasha
Lifoam Industries, see Jarden
Marko Foam Products Incorporated 243
Menasha Corporation 245
Newark Group, see Caraustar Industries
Novacel, see Chargeurs
NOVA Chemicals Corporation 247
ORBIS, see Menasha
Packaging Corporation of America 249
Polar Tech Industries Incorporated 251
Polyair Inter Pack Incorporated 253
Pregis Corporation 255
Protective Packaging Solutions LLC 260
Ranpak Corporation 261
RAPAC, see Ring Companies
Ring Companies 263
Rogers Foam Corporation 265
RTS Packaging, see Sonoco Products and WestRock
Sealed Air Corporation 266
Signode Industrial Group LLC 273
Smurfit Kappa Group plc 277
Sonoco Products Company 281
Specialized Packaging Group LP 284
SP Fiber Holdings, see WestRock
Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH 287
Styropek USA, see ALFAB
TCP Reliable Incorporated 291
Tharco Packaging, see Packaging of America
3M Company 293
True Pack Limited 295
UFP Technologies Incorporated 296
Valley Container Incorporated 299
WestRock Company 301
Additional Companies in Protective Packaging 305

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