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bottom line | PACKAGING

Paper and Board Have Key
Roles in the Future of Packaging
Paper and paperboard will continue
to play a vital role in the evolving global packaging market, according to the latest exclusive
research from Smithers Pira.
Overall growth in dollar value terms for
packaging was depressed for the years spanning
the middle of the decade, although this is largely
attributable to relative strength of the dollar
against other currencies across that period.
Still, in 2017, value reached US$851.1 billion,
a 2.8 percent growth compared to 2016 at constant prices. This steady expansion is forecast
to continue across the next five years-rising
slightly to 2.9 percent year-on-year across this
period-to reach US$980.4 billion in 2017.
REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES
The continuing trend toward large-scale
mergers and acquisitions-for example, the
creation of WestRock from MeadWestvaco and
RockTenn-is testament to the relative maturity of the packaging industry in developed
world regions like North America and Western
Europe. The analysis in the new Smithers Pira
report, The Future of Global Packaging to
2022, indicates that emerging and developing
economies will contribute just over 70 percent
of world packaging consumption growth during 2017-2022.

Asia is the largest market (see Fig. 1) and
is forecast to grow packaging consumption at
the fastest rate, led by China and India. This
is largely attributable to growing populations,
rising disposable incomes, and a transition from
traditional markets to the purchasing of packaged consumer goods, especially in the food
segment. China alone is forecast to represent
almost 48 percent of world packaging consumption growth through to 2022, with India
accounting for a further 8.5 percent. Across
this time India will be the fastest expanding
national market; it is expected to show a growth
rate of 5.8 percent, overtaking Germany as the
fourth largest country in the world for packaging consumption, by value.
MATERIAL SEGMENTS
Board and paperboard (corrugated, folding
carton stock, and liquid paperboard) is the
largest packaging material type covered in the
Smithers study (see Fig. 2.) Flexible packaging
is forecast to grow consumption at the fastest
rate through to 2022, driven by advantages in
lightweight; demand for smaller, more convenient packaging; and improvements in design.
Growth will be strongest for flexible plastics,
which are already two thirds of the market, but
flexible papers will perform only slightly less

E-commerce places a premium on both protection and message
communications on brand packaging. Source: Lil Packaging.

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well across the five year forecast, with aluminium seeing the smallest boost, as pricing and
improvements in competing barrier materials
squeeze its share.
Food markets dominate flexible packaging
consumption accounting for three-quarters of
global consumption in 2016. Meat, fish, and
poultry; confectionery; dried food; and savory
snacks are the largest food markets for flexible
packaging. Pharmaceuticals, medical, cosmetics, and toiletries are the largest non-food markets for flexible packaging.
FLEXIBLE PAPERS
While flexible paper packaging has been
under threat from flexible plastics in some
applications, it will remain an important constituent of the flexible packaging market for the
foreseeable future. This is due to a combination
of factors: its low cost, its perceived good environmental credentials, its use in laminations
(often as a light barrier), and because consumers
enjoy the tactile effect. A number of plastic films
have been modified to mimic the feel and look
of paper, while offering the benefits of moisture
barriers inherent with plastic films. Matte finish
BOPP is an example of such a film.
Papers continue to dominate some packaging applications, such as flour, sugar, and some

Fig. 1: Emerging and developing economies will contribute most of world
packaging consumption growth during 2017-2022. Source: Smithers Pira.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - March/April 2018

Setpoint
Over the Wire
The Importance of Safety Training
Data & Decision Making
RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
Progroup Turns 25
PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Creating a Lignin Culture
Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Sustainability as Business Leverage
CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
R&M Tips
Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover1
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Over the Wire
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - The Importance of Safety Training
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 13
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Data & Decision Making
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 15
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 16
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 17
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 18
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 31
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 33
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 34
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 35
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 37
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 38
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 39
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 41
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 42
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 43
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Progroup Turns 25
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 45
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 46
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 47
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 49
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Creating a Lignin Culture
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 51
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 52
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 53
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 55
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Sustainability as Business Leverage
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 57
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 59
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 61
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 62
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 63
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 64
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - R&M Tips
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 69
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 71
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 73
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 74
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 75
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 76
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 77
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 78
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI News
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 80
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - ASPI News
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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